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Town of Danville Recorder Tony Hensley reads the minutes from a previous meeting.

DANVILLE — A new splash park designed for children saw dirt moved last week in preparation for the pouring of concrete.

Danville Mayor Mark McClure said his goal is to launch a grand opening in mid to late June.

“That is what we are working toward right now and things are coming together well on the project,” he said during the Town of Danville regular session on May 3.

While the park will be open to the public during set hours each day, the town hopes to rent out the park for private parties.

“This is just to help pay for the utilities and maintenance associated with keeping the park going,” said McClure. “We think it will be a big benefit to our community and we’re excited about it.”

The pad will be located off Phipps Avenue adjacent to the boat ramp at Bob Cee Park. It will feature an electronic water management system, concrete base and seven water rings with a “super splash” mechanism.

In December, Sen. Dr. Ron Stollings delivered a $40,000 check from the State of West Virginia in the form of an Economic Development Assistance Grant, which the council says he helped to facilitate.

The cost of the project rings in at approximately $68,000, and Boone Memorial Hospital contributed about $26,000 to help put the budget where it needs to be.

Additional donors include:

  • Earl Danbury family
  • Parnell Townley
  • Toro Townley
  • Tony Hensley family

By opening in June, the Town of Danville will surpass the original goal of mid-summer. Details on a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony will be forthcoming.

Danville Town Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of month at the Danville Community Center, 731 Hopkins Ave. Call 304-369-5428.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.

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