About 42,000 of Kanawha County's people live east of Charleston. As the Upper Kanawha
Valley Enterprise Community notes, residents of that area have little access to recreation
The main roads running through this tight upper part of the valley — U.S. 60 and W.Va. 61 — are entirely unsuited for walkers and runners, for example. And residents would have to travel pretty far to reach recreational spots or exercise facilities.
The Upper Kanawha Valley group announced plans last year for a health and recreation center for the area. Spokesman Fred Joseph said the group now has
a verbal agreement to lease property near Riverside High School.
It also has a dream for what it hopes to develop over the long term: A 90,000-square-foot recreation center with two pools, a weight room, locker rooms, a gymnasium, an indoor track, a climbing wall, offices and meeting space.
Outdoors, the group envisions building basketball, volleyball and tennis courts; a playground; and eventually a small marina and picnic area along the river.