The Sistersville Parks and Recreation Board is currently in the process of raising funds for two projects which will benefit the community. The first project is a "Splash pad area", an addition to the pool area that will entertain children of all ages. The second project in the planning stages is the construction of a skate park inside the boundaries of the park itself.
For the skate park, the more expensive of the two projects, the pool will be hosting a midnight swim from 9 p.m. until midnight on Aug. 16. Admission will be $3 per person, with all entry fees going toward the skate park.
Several activities are being scheduled for the evening, including: live music, 50/50 drawing, and more.
For the skate park initiative, WalMart of New Martinsville donated a gift certificate to Sistersville Parks and Recreation. With that certificate, the board has purchased from WalMart, a new Mongoose Mode 100 Authentic BMX bicycle which will be raffled off in support of the skate park.
The bicycle will be raffled off following the Oil and Gas Festival in September. Tickets for the raffle are $1 a ticket or six tickets for $5 and can be purchased at the Sistersville City pool until its closing date of Aug. 30. At that time, the tickets will be available at local businesses in the area. The final chance to purchase raffle tickets for the bicycle will be during the Oil and Gas Festival and the parade.
The bicycle is currently on display at the pool.
"There is a growing need for skateboarders and even BMX (bike) riders to have an area to themselves," said Alex King. "I've spent a lot of time talking to them. They're a good group. They've been very considerate and proactive in this process."
Donations for both of these project, or to Sistersville Parks and Recreation in general, can be accepted at Sistersville City Hall at 200 Diamond St., or mailed to Parks and Recreation at 200 Diamond St., Sistersville, WV 26175.
Checks should be made out to Sistersville Parks and Recreation. If donors would like to designate on which project they would like their donation spent, they can make a notation of "Skate park" or "Splash pad" in the memo.
"With these projects, we aim to draw new people to Sistersville and give the people who live here something new," King said.
"People have been very supportive," said Parks and Recreation Chair Audist Pancake, indicating a great deal of positive community involvement so far.
Follow the splash pad and skate park projects by liking their separate Facebook pages, which can be found by going to facebook.com/ sistersvillepark.