- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A new handicapped-accessible trail at Fort Boreman Historic Park is open.

Wood County commissioners, Citizens Conservation Corps officials and workers who built the new trail and representatives with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways, which provided funding for the new trail, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 27.

The handicapped accessible wooden walkway provides a panoramic view of the Ohio River, through downtown Parkersburg and up the Little Kanawha River.

There is a large viewing deck along the trail. Steps continue on the trail on around the hill for those who are physically able to continue.

The remainder of the trail, including small bridges, will be completed by the end of the year.

“We are working now on the remainder of the trail, four small bridges. Once those are finished up, the back side by the playground will be done. By the end of the year, we hope to have that completed,” Cross said.

The Citizens Conservation Youth Corps did the labor on the new trail.

“This program teaches youth skills, a trade and about giving back to the community,” said Wood County Parks Superintendent Jeremy Cross.

The trail is about 400-feet long and was developed with the aid of a $98,353 recreational trails grant from the West Virginia Department of Highways. The boardwalk portion is about 90 feet and is handicapped-accessible to the lookout deck.

John Hyde, supervisor for the Citizens Conservation Corps, said the project at Fort Boreman Park has been under way for about two years.

“Today was about making better conditions and a better life for our citizens, about improving the quality of the parks we have and improving accessibility to those parks,” commission President Wayne Dunn said.

“The Citizens Conservation Corps is putting in a whole trail system out in Ritchie County now; public monies going in for public benefit,” Dunn said. “Now everyone will be able to enjoy this view.”

The project includes 12 interpretative signs that will be placed along the new walking and nature trail at the park.

The commissioners chose Marietta, Ohio-based Stonewall Group to design signs for the new trail.

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Information from: News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, W.Va.), https://www.newsandsentinel.com

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