Mountwood website to get upgrade

PARKERSBURG – The website for Mountwood Park will be getting an upgrade, park officials said.

The park board was presented with the idea of a more interactive and user friendly website Monday at the Judge Black Annex in Parkersburg.

Jean Ambrose, marketing committee chairman and board member, said the marketing committee has been working with Stonewall Marketing in Marietta to work on the park’s social media pages and website. The park doesn’t have an official logo.

Committee members asked for about $2,700 with a monthly fee of $40 for the domain name or hosting fees as well as maintenance to the website, Ambrose said.

The board voted to give committee members the fees to work on a new website.

“They’ve asked me to tell you how important it is to have an integrated site,” Ambrose said on behalf of the park’s marketing board. “We would like to ask for your approval to redo the website.”

Ambrose said asking for $500 a month would total $6,000 of the park’s support to maintain the website and establish a brand. The website would take about a month and a half to become up and running and the board could eventually become independent as far as operations, cutting the costs, Ambrose said.

Treasurer Blair Couch said Wood County Solid Waste Authority spent about $20,000 on a website as well as media spots so he believed the cost to be fair.

County Parks Director Jeremy Cross said the current website is not user friendly and difficult to work with, because it is so outdated and was operated by previous park employees.

Cross said the new website would be up-to-date and interactive.

“For the first time people will be able to get a campsite online,” Ambrose said.

Couch made a motion to purchase the website and discuss further fees. The board approved the motion.

In other business:

* The marketing committee is looking to establish brochures and maps of the park.

* The Friends of Mountwood Park has established the need for benches and bridges in the nature trails, to be coming soon.

* Board member Dave White brought up the idea for the park to add Zip Lines, something officials said they may discuss at a later date.

* The lake was stocked with fish last Thursday, resulting in a discussion on the need for adding concessions. The park is discussing taking bids to lease the concession operations to an outside entity, with some profit being given to the park.