HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A group of trees, planted in memory of the victims of the December Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, will soon beautify a newly created park in Huntington.
The former Miller Elementary School property at the corner of 12th Avenue and 7th Street is slated to become the Miller Elementary Memorial Park later this year, according to a news release from the Foundation for the Tri-State Community.
Last summer the Cabell County Board of Education sold the property to the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation District for $100,000.
The park will have 26 trees, including 20 dogwoods and six larger trees in remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. That shooting took the lives of 20 students and six teachers and administrators.
Additionally, the site will feature engraved paving stones and markers stating the park’s purpose and donor names, with future amenities to be determined.
Individuals wishing to contribute to the Memorial Park may do so through the Miller Elementary Memorial Park Fund of the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, PO Box 7932, Huntington, WV 25779-7932.
Designs for a new Veterans Memorial Park, Rotary Park playground were also announced during Wednesday's meeting.
The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District says the Veterans Memorial Park was part of the deal when Marshall University bought the former Field House property.
It will be located along 4th Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets where Marshall University's new soccer complex will be built.
The board also announced plans to rebuild the park at Rotary Park. The remodel will cost about $50,000.
Officials say these projects are something they're hoping the city can be proud of.
"I think it's a great thing for the park district and for the community in general and it's all about getting out and getting active and being involved in the community and we hope to continue to be a leader in improving the quality of life in Huntington," said Executive Director Kevin Brady.
The board says the groundwork for the Veteran Memorial Park is done. Now, all they have to do is pour the concrete and let a contractor get to work on the shelter and playground.
Ground is expected to be broken on the Veterans Memorial Park in late Spring and the park should be ready by June or July.
That decision was made Tuesday evening at a Cabell School Board meeting. Board members turned down a $175,000 bid from an apartment developer.
The agreement gives the school board the option to buy back the property in 20 years at the same price -- to build a new school, if need be.
On Tuesday night, the Cabell County Board of Education came up with a starting bid of $300,000.
The school, which had been in use in Huntington for nearly 100 years, was torn down last year after consolidating with Cammack to form Southside Elementary.
The public auction is set for May 3.
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