\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_27759" align="aligncenter" width="640"]<img class="size-large wp-image-27759" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/06\/memorial-park-groundbreaking-3000x1688.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="360" \/> (Photo by Peggy Mackenzie)<br \/>On a rainy Monday, White Sulphur Springs city officials met with John Lynch of Lynch Construction Co. for a ground-breaking ceremony to begin restoration of Memorial Park, which should be completed by next year: Maintenance Supervisor David Lovelace (left), City Hall personnel Tami Fury, Parks Commissioner and Council Member Audrey Van Buren, Finance Consultant Violet Skinner, Mayor Lloyd Haynes, City Administrator Linda Coleman, Council Member Mark Gillespie and Contractor John Lynch.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>\u201cThis is an exciting day,\u201d said White Sulphur Springs Mayor Lloyd Haynes at a groundbreaking ceremony at Memorial Park on Monday, June 5.<\/h1>\r\n\u201cAt first we thought it would be simple to get FEMA approval for grants, but additional work required that we dot all the i\u2019s and cross all the t\u2019s to get to where we are today,\u201d the mayor said. \u201cIt\u2019s taken a long while, but it\u2019s enough to say we\u2019re on our way.\u201d\r\n\r\nSix inches of sod will be scraped from Memorial Park\u2019s ball fields to remove the contamination caused by last summer\u2019s flooding. The restoration, done by Lynch Construction Company, will include new drain lines and irrigation, new fencing and new top soil. The basketball court will get new hardtop surfacing as well. The fields, once restored, will remain a football and a softball field. FEMA will reimburse the city once the restoration job is done, projected to take a year, the mayor said.\r\n\r\nHope Village\u2019s Mylan Community Park will complement the ball fields at Memorial Park with two new Little League fields and two new soccer fields, which, Parks Commissioner and council member Audrey Van Buren said, were spear-headed by soccer coach Jason deHaven.\r\n\r\nA related, but separate, endeavor, not funded by FEMA, is the swimming pool at Memorial Park, out of commission for the past three years. The city has been stockpiling and fund raising for the pool, amassing almost $7,000. The cost for a new swimming pool has not been determined, but with seed money from an anonymous donor that will match the the $250,000 Arts and Recreation grant funding, contributed by the Greenbrier County Commission, it is hoped others will be encouraged to contribute to the pool project, anticipated to be in the $1 million-$2 million price range. The funds will be used to hire a design firm to plan the new pool and to pay for the demolition of the old pool. Haynes said the city will be advertising for bids to demolish the old swimming pool in the near future.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is the best opportunity for us to get the pool replaced that we have ever had,\u201d said Haynes.