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Legacy: Land donation will make difference in community

In finding a way to honor their late father, a pair of brothers thought outside the box; and Doddridge County is better for it.

Richard Barton was an outdoorsman. His sons, Rick and Greg Barton have found a way to use their father’s legacy to help more people enjoy the outdoors, by donating the former Parson property in Smithburg to Doddridge County Parks. The land borders Spencer Park, and once it is cleaned up, will be used as an access point for horseback riders to use the North Bend Rail Trail.

Getting the property into the hands of the parks commission also helps eliminate a worry for some local parents.

“Spencer Park is a nice community park for Smithburg but is underutilized. Some residents felt it was unsafe for kids due to the neighboring property.” parks director Greg Cottrill said. “That situation has changed with the addition of the property to the Park.”

When the Barton brothers decided to give the property, they did, indeed, honor their father — and make a big difference for their community.

“It’s awesome that individuals are that generous but also are forward thinking enough in their contribution to kind of lead an effort and show an example that they’re giving to local nonprofits,” Cottrill said.

Thank you, gentlemen, for your gift.

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