Mountwood Park considers paving campground roads

VOLCANO – Mountwood Park board members Monday night discussed progressions and management skills at the park implemented by director Jeremy Cross.

Members applauded Cross for his ability to handle each problem the park has encountered and bring the issues before the board. President Bob Buchanan said Cross has done an excellent job with campground and park funding issues.

Cross said he is looking into the Mountwood campground road being paved. Cross said the road is controlled by the state but park officials can provide grant money to hurry along the process.

“The state would work with us on that,” Cross said of the park paying for asphalt and state employees doing the labor. “It sounds like a really good deal to not pass up.”

Board members agreed fixing the roadway would help keep seasonal park campers coming back.

“Most people that go to the campground complain about the roads,” Buchanan said.

He made a motion to investigate the cost of repairs and gathering more information to present to the board. Cross said the park is receiving grant money to contribute to the project.

In other business, the park welcomed a new board member, Amy File. Board member Blair Couch swore her in and the park board said it was glad to have a new face on the board.

File is a healthy schools program manager in the state working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She is from Parkersburg and said she visited the park numerous times while growing up.

Park members acknowledged a new program director for the Pressley Ridge School, Jeremy Waugaman.

Officials discussed the downsides to the idea of an ATV park. Members have not reached an understanding with the ATV organizers and are at a standstill on negotiations, they said.

Board members discussed the addition of primitive camping, explaining the ATV park might not bring in as much money as originally anticipated. However, negotiations are still being determined.