Board Rejects Coonskin Lake Proposal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A proposal to build a lake at Coonskin Park in Charleston is off the table.

The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation board agreed Thursday it would not pursue the project.

The lake would have been located between the Gorman Shelter and the current park entrance.

It also would have been used as a 16-to-28 day back up for West Virginia American Water, but the two men who came up with the proposal have not contacted any of the board members.

There also were concerns about run off from the air base and the airport.

"I don't know how they would stop that water, or how they're going to take that water," said Alan Tackett, Parks and Recreation Board President. "If they dam it up, they're going to have another dam and we'll have to build the guard somewhere else, I guess."

The board says another concern could be potentially losing an emergency entrance and exit to the park.

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