Crews Survey Land for New Coonskin Park Bridge

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dirt will start moving in May on a new entrance to Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Thursday morning crews were out surveying the land where the new bridge for the entrance will be located over the Elk River in Mink Shoals.

The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission says a groundbreaking ceremony on the project will be held on May 8th.

The current entrance runs through the West Virginia National Guard's base which has caused security concerns.

Supporters of this project hope this will help keep the Guard Base from ever being closed.

General Alan Tackett, who retired as commander of the 130th Wing, says this is a true show of support.

"It sends a message to the Department of Defense that the State of West Virginia is willing to put up it own money to protect its assets that it has. And that the 130th Air Lift Wing is important enough to spend $6-million to build this bridge," General Tackett said.

Construction of the bridge is set to be complete by October 2015.

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