Project Need: Davis, West Virginia is home to less than 700 residents, but is a must-stop attraction for nearly a million visitors each year. Recognizing further opportunities to draw on strengths of the vibrant community, the Town of Davis collaborated on a community enhancement project—the Tucker Boulder Park. Tucker County attracts a steady stream of outdoor recreational enthusiasts who would find the Boulder Park as a unique climbing venue for all ages. The park will serve as the trail head for a new section of non-motorized trail connecting the mountain towns of Davis and Thomas via the proposed Allegheny Highlands Rail Trail.
Our Role – Project Development and Administration: Region VII PDC helped guide and prepare applications to the West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Recreational Trails Fund Program and Land and Water Conservation Fund. To date, a $150,000 Recreational Trails grant has been secured to create the Tucker Boulder Park trail head, kiosk, and connecting trail to the Allegheny Highlands rail trail. A $120,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant has been approved to purchase the extra-large climbing boulder; a subsequent grant of $50,000 for the child sized boulder is pending.
Project Impact: The park will include several custom-designed artificial boulders, catering to all ages and skill levels, including adaptive features for challenged climbers. Staying true to Tucker County’s character, the Boulder Park will create an aesthetically-pleasing, welcoming space both for local residents and for visitors. The project will bring people together—community members with visitors— to enjoy the outdoors and the health benefits that climbing offers.
To learn more about the Tucker County Boulder Park, please visithttp://www.tcrocks.org/