CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County parks officials said the Coonskin Park swimming pool will open Wednesday. But when the rest of the 999-acre park will reopen is anyone's guess.
"It's decimated," said Kanawha County Parks Director Jeff Hutchinson.
On Friday, high winds that tore through the Eastern United States ripped into Coonskin Park, toppling trees and wreaking havoc all over the park. Hutchinson said work crews have been in the park since 6 a.m. Saturday cleaning the damage.
"It's disheartening -- it really is," Hutchinson said. "The guys have worked so hard. The park was in good shape, and the pond was cleaned up. We got lucky with the weather, then this hits us."
Last month, crews were battling an algae outbreak at the park's duck pond. Workers just finished cleaning out the pond last week.
A massive pine is down at the foot of the pond, but the pond escaped major storm damage. Other parts of Coonskin weren't so lucky -- all over the park, oaks and sycamores claw at the sky like cadavers.
Hutchinson isn't done assessing the damage.
"It's a work in progress," he said. "We haven't even included what's down on the trails, because we haven't been able to get there yet."