CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Valley Park in Hurricane will soon have new attractions on recently acquired land.
"We purchased over five and a half acres, a neighbor's farm," said Scott Williamson, director of the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission. "We are developing it into an additional section of the park with more features."
With the recent acquisition, the park is now more than 65 acres, he said.
Valley Park now includes picnic shelters, 18-hole miniature golf course, dog park, playgrounds, amphitheater, a series of walking trails, and Valley Park Community Center, previously known as Hurricane Valley Community Center.
The park was in the news over the summer due to issues with malfunctioning equipment at Waves of Fun. While the pool is structurally sound, it needs some routine maintenance and old motors need to be replaced with newer equipment, Williamson said.
He has been in touch with the company that installed the initial equipment 30 years ago and hopes to have the updated parts in place in time for pool season.
Improvements are in progress on the new tract of land with plans for completion by mid-January, depending upon the weather, he said.
"We'll have plenty of walking trails," Williamson said. "We will have one regulation size soccer field that can also be used as two youth fields. It can be used for T-ball. It will be multi-purpose."