by Sam Sentelle
Posted on August 7, 2018
New 45 acre city park in development, mayor announces
Mayor Scott Edwards and Amanda Ramey
August 7, 2018
Hurricane now enjoys the use of three parks, Mayor Scott Edwards told Putnam Rotary today. “We have the Hurricane City Park, we have Valley Park, and now we have Hurricane Bridge Park.” The new park includes some 45 acres. “It connects from Midland Trail all the way through to First Baptist Church,” he said. “It will have two entrances. One will be by the church, off Main Street. That will be the main entrance. A second entrance will be down past the middle school,” he said.
Some of the land is underwater when Hurricane Creek floods. “Well, that part down below the middle school does flood,” he admitted, “three or four times a year down close to the creek.”But that’s not the good part. That’s the part that you can see. The good part is direct across the creek all the way over to the church. It needs some earthwork done,” he continued. “But ultimately it will be flat.
“There will be three baseball fields. We need to bring tournaments in. We have room for tournaments now, but then they get larger if we have three more fields. We will have miles and miles of walking trails,” designed by the same person who designed the trails in Valley Park. “The new park will have a football field, soccer-lacrosse field, and an amphitheater. The plan is in place, “but it’s going to take years to do it,” he said.
“We’re putting in parking right now. We’re using ‘grind’ off the interstate they’re giving us for free.
“The asphalt that we all have driven on for many years on the interstate — there are hundreds of truckloads of it now at the Hurricane Bridge Park. That will be the base foundation for all of our parking and roads in. Midget league called me a couple of months ago,” Edwards said. “‘We know the park is not even started yet,’ they said. ‘But can we use it?’ So every night there are hundreds of kids down there.”
The recreational space in Hurricane now takes in 127 acres. The Valley Park, operated by Putnam County, includes 75 acres. The City Park, with its popular spray ground, basketball court and railroad caboose museum display, covers seven acres.
The new Hurricane Bridge Park adds 45 acres to the recreational area in the city. The spray ground is free to all Putnam County residents, Edwards explained. “We had busloads of kids from neighboring areas coming in every day, and we had to start charging admission.”
The new Hurricane Bridge Park was named by a civic club for the site of the historic Hurricane Bridge on the former James River and Kanawha Turnpike where it crossed the creek.
“We love parks in Hurricane,” Edwards said. “We want people doing things. You don’t want every kid sitting at home playing on the computer. A lot of them do, but we also want them out doing stuff.”