Assessment and planning
Active SWV prioritizes partnerships to increase safe places for physical activity. Active SWV is awarding an equity focused grant to the Summers County Huddle for a new city park. Hinton stakeholders worked through assessing and planning with the Wild, Wonderful and Healthy WV initiative from the WV Rural Health Association to focus on dilapidated buildings in the city of Hinton. One of the lots where buildings have been removed will be the new site for a green space and park. Pictured above is the custom play ground train for the new park.
The ground breaking event took place in April and the construction will begin in May with Appalachian South Folklife Center providing a site supervisor to help direct volunteers on specific tasks. Summers County Huddle and local high school students will be helping with the site construction.
The site will include play ground equipment, a gazebo with seating, and raised garden beds. This city park is nestled one street up from the river with scenic views and 3 streets up hill with access from many homes to the park.
Funding for this project was compiled from the Summers County Commission, Hinton City Council, Center for Rural Health Development, Hinton Area Foundation, Summers Appalachian Regional Hospital, AARP, and Active SWV in partnership with WV Department of Health and Human Resources for use in creating equitable access to physical activity. Visit back to this blog for updates on the projects construction and engagement.
For a list of current free physical activity programs throughout the New River Gorge region made possible by Active SWV Community Captain volunteers, please visit the Active SWV website calendar.