Bids opened for signs at park

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Commission opened two bids for signs marking a new handicapped-accessible trail at Fort Boreman Historic Park.

Bids were opened Monday from AC Signs and Designs, Parkersburg, for $15,650 and Trevor Feight, who has a communications and signs firm in Walker, for $16,963. The bids were turned over to County Administrator Marty Seufer for review to assure compliance with specifications.

Jeremy Cross, county parks superintendent, said the project includes 12 interpretative signs that will be placed along the new walking and nature trail at the park.

“They will be interpretive signs with historical information about the hill and area and there will also be a separate map with information on the new trail,” Cross said.

Park officials hope to have the signs up as soon as possible with plans to open the handicapped-accessible boardwalk trail in the fall.

“We have the ballisters up and the post caps, and the boardwalk portion of the new trail has been stained so once we get the signs up, hopefully by around mid-September, we will be well on our way to opening it up,” Cross said.

Fort Boreman Historic Park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is off U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg. The park contains a reconstructed earthen Civil War fort site, playground equipment, nature trails, picnic shelters and offers a panoramic view of the valley.

Work on the new handicapped-accessible trail was done by Citizens Conservation Corps trail developers. It is 400 feet in length and was developed with the aid of a $98,353 recreational trails grant from the West Virginia Department of Highways.

In other business Monday, on a motion by Commissioner Steve Gainer, the commission contributed $3,000 each to the Harvest Moon and the West Virginia State Honey festivals.

Both events are held at Parkersburg City Park. The 34th annual Honey Festival is 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Last year the county commissioners gave Harvest Moon $2,500. Records show the county gave the Honey Festival $4,000 in 2010 and $1,500 in 2009 and 2008.

“The West Virginia Honey Festival was going to disband so we took them over this year,” said Vickie Marshall, executive director of the Wood County Recreation Commission, which requested the funds.

The donation would pay tent rentals, equipment and other expenses, she said.

Any funds donated by the county commission to the Harvest Moon would cover expenses at the Kids Zone, which includes hands-on activities and inflatables.

“We know you’re in a bind and we want to help you out while you are getting your feet back on the ground, whatever we can do to help,” said commission President Wayne Dunn.

Harvest Moon is held Sept. 20-21.

Admission to the Honey Festival is $2 for adults, $1 for children and free for those under 6. Admission to the Harvest Moon Festival is $3.