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Board authorizes construction of new park

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District's Board of Commissioners approved a contract Wednesday authorizing the construction of a new park at the site of the former Veterans Memorial Field House.

Veterans Memorial Park will be located on the northeast corner of the property where Marshall University's new soccer stadium complex is now being built.

Space designated for a small park was part of the agreement in the Park District selling the former Veterans Memorial Field House property to Marshall so it could build what will be known as the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. Marshall also gave the Park District $100,000 to build the park.

It will cost $114,000 to construct the park, which will feature a patriotic-themed playground, picnic shelter and picnic tables. In addition to the money from Marshall, the Park District will use proceeds from the sale of Field House memorabilia and the farewell event there last year to help pay for construction.

Park District Executive Director Kevin Brady said construction will begin in April and should be finished by sometime in June, just ahead of completion of the soccer complex.

When the Field House was demolished last summer, an inscription panel honoring veterans was removed from the facade of the Field House. According to Marshall officials, the panel will hang above the main entrance of the soccer complex.

In other business Wednesday, the Park District gave Brady the green light to move forward with a plan to replace the playground at Rotary Park on Huntington's east end.

"The wooden playground that's there now is rotting," Brady said. "It's a less-than-desirable situation."

The Park District will let Brady seek companies to build a new playground with a $60,000 budget. Half of that money will come from the Rotary Club and Huntington Foundation. The Park District will match those groups' contributions, Brady said.

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