On Aug. 21, the Meadow River Valley Association launched MRVA Works, a collaborative volunteer initiative to create increased curb appeal and access for the region’s businesses and assets. The first event was a very successful clean-up of the Route 60 roadside park in Charmco. More than 25 volunteers, armed with trash bags, weed eaters, and lawn equipment, worked for four hours to ready the park for visitors. The following week on Aug. 28, Western Greenbrier Historical Society held the first Appalachian Reunion Festival in the park. The well-attended event was a successful fundraiser in the freshly tidied park.
In addition to the clean-up, the MRVA Works team created a list of future projects for the roadside park and other areas of the valley. Long-term plans for the Charmco park include refurbishing the horseshoe pit, rebuilding shelters, replacing the basketball hoops, and installing new picnic tables. If you have ideas for clean-up and revitalization projects that will increase economic development in the valley, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you have an hour or an afternoon, you can volunteer with MRVA Works to revitalize the valley! If you’re interested in getting involved, please send your contact information and availability to email@example.com.
MRVA volunteers have been working hard to beautify the Meadow River Valley. (Photo courtesy of Cunthis McComas)