Updated on Wednesday:
“WHO WILL BUILD A PARK?” “WE WILL,” SAID CALHOUN COUNTY.
“The people of
County wanted a park, so
they decided to build one. County residents donated time, labor and
equipment to realize a longtime dream of having a recreational park. The
efforts resulted in the completion of Phase I of the 214-acre
County Park, which is located off Rt.
16, three miles south of Grantsville.
Volunteer efforts built a softball field, cleared picnic
areas for hand-assembled tables and shelters, constructed a gravel
roadway, and installed water lines. Three parking lots, 28 picnic
tables, a softball cage, and more shelters are now in the works.”
The previous information was taken from a newspaper
article from Aug. 21, 1986. Added to the goals set at the time, a
nine-hole golf course, hiking trails, fishing pond, conversion of a barn
into the Herb
Community Center, Boy
Scout camping area, and play structures for smaller children have been
Calhoun County Park is used by many groups. Boy Scouts
use it for outdoor activities, and are preparing to build a bridge
across the pond. The 19th Virginia Cavalry, Co. A, Moccasin Rangers
constructed a replica of the McDonald house to be used in future
re-enactments. They are assisting Calhoun Historical Society in
reconstruction of heritage structures from six areas of the county at
Heritage Village. The park is now their headquarters, and future events
will bring supporters of Civil War history to the county.
taken an interest in using the park’s darkness, a natural resource that
is diminishing in many areas of our nation. Last weekend, two
astronomers set up equipment at the park and were available to answer
questions from visitors. They will be back with more people who share
their interest in what is happening up above us.
It has been 24 years since the park opened. It is
through the single-mindedness, cooperation and belief that if we can
dream it, so we can believe it will happen, and
County will make it
happen. That is the way our people work.
This Week's Editorial:By Helen Morris:
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