Project Need: West Virginia has the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest obesity rates in the Nation, and lack of physical activity has contributed to this rate and other chronic diseases. An added challenge among rural areas of the State is population decline and social isolation of persons, especially among those elderly and retired. The City of Parsons saw an opportunity to build a Splash Pad Park that brings vibrancy to the community and promotes healthy lifestyles and social interaction. The project serves to enhance the quality of life in Parsons and makes the City a more desirable place to live and visit.
Our Role – Grant Writing: Region VII PDC assisted the City of Parsons with a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant requesting funds to complete the Splash Park project, including installing fully ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant restroom fixtures, outdoor security lighting, and a parking lot. With these requested enhancements, even more patrons will visit and utilize the Park area on a more frequent basis.
Project Impact: Parsons is closely located to some of the grandest and most frequently visited attractions in West Virginia, including Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Timberline Resort, and Black Water Falls State Park, all of which include popular outdoor attractions and eclectic dining venues. Being the largest Splash Pad Park in West Virginia, this project increases the quality of life for residents and will attract more tourists and vacationers to the area, bringing in jobs and businesses to the region.
For more information on the Parsons Splash Park, please visit Parsons Parks and Recreation's Facebook page @parsonsparksandrec