W.Va. Park Finally Getting Cleaned Up after Derecho

By: Alex Snyder Email
By: Alex Snyder Email

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kids don’t play on the swing sets or the teeter-totters, and no one eats at the picnic tables.

It’s been over three months since the June derecho tore apart Hometown Park in Putnam County.

"If you look around, the trees are quite large and when they came down -- anything in their way was destroyed," said Lowell Wilks, a project coordinator for Rivers to Ridges.

But the cleanup is finally underway -- being led by Rivers to Ridges.

"At one time this was a very, very popular place -- I'm talking probably even in like the '40s or '50s and maybe into the '60s there were a lot of rallies here, there were a lot of large picnics here," Wilks said. "And, so, it's a landmark, as well -- so that's why it's important, we want to see it restored."

All the downed trees will be gathered and burned over the next week so the restoration process can be completed later this month.

"We're going to really try to salvage any materials that we can for other uses with the park," Wilks said.

And despite all the destruction, there’s still light at the end of the tunnel.

"The picnic tables, when the pavilions came down, they didn't get destroyed -- so that's one good thing, we'll still have those," Wilks said.

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