Homes for White Sulphur Springs is partnering with Main Street White Sulphur Springs to create a park on Mill Hill Drive in White Sulphur Springs to honor the victims of the June 2016 flood.
The park will be named the Brad Paisley Community Park in recognition of the significant donations made to flood recovery across the State of West Virginia by the Paisley Foundation.
The land for the park has been provided by property owners living on Mill Hill Drive at the time of the flood. Many of the former Mill Hill Drive residents are relocating to Hope Village. The park location is adjacent is Howard’s Creek and is particularly beautiful and serene. Former residents are pleased that the park will be dedicated to the memory of loved ones and that it will be the setting of a community park.
A master plan for the park has been created by Tom Crabtree and will include a creek trail through much of White Sulphur Springs, memorial gardens, a pavilion, play area, dog park and a community building. Main Street White Sulphur Springs will assume responsibility for the park, community building and the caretaker’s cottage upon completion.
The “Barnwood Builders,” from the DIY Network hit television series, will erect the frame for the Pavilion on site at the park and feature the “barn raising” on a future episode of “Barnwood Builders.” The pavilion is a rugged, post-and-beam structure located by Mark Bowe. Bowe’s company, Antique Cabins and Barns, was founded in Greenbrier County in 1995. He and his long-time crew have reclaimed more than 400 pioneer-era structures. The “Barnwood Builders” TV show follows six fun-loving West Virginians who salvage antique log cabins and barns.
The cost for the structure is being funded by West Virginia Rotarians. Once the frame is erected and the TV crew is gone, Homes for White Sulphur Springs will schedule volunteers to finish installing barn siding and roofing materials.
Simultaneous with that effort, Lynch Construction will be grading the site and seeding the lawn areas as well as installing parking areas and walkways. This work should be completed by early April.
The formal dedication of the park will take place on June 23, the one-year anniversary of the flood. The city of White Sulphur Springs is in the planning stages for a community event of which the pavilion dedication will be a part. Homes for White Sulphur Springs and Neighbors Loving Neighbors will be working closely with the city on the event.