8/13/2013 4:09 PM
by Karen Franklin
OAK HILL - Plans for the construction of a quarter million dollar park are underway again in Oak Hill.
City Manager Bill Hannabass is working closely with Thrasher Engineering to design a concept for a six-acre park adjacent to Pizza Hut and the Oak Hill Rail Trail. About 4.6 six acres of the parkland is set to be donated by the Jack Wood family, according to city officials.
"When you look at the area, it is very easy to visualize the area being developed as a trailhead," Hannabass told Newswatch. "It is an ideal piece of property, and frankly the property next to a creek can't be used for much else because of potential flooding."
The state previously denied the plan for a trailhead due to funding, but city officials hope a great design in a prime area will win them over.
"We're excited about it," Hannabass said. "We don't have funding in place, and that's a long process we're just now beginning. Usually you don't hear about projects this early in the stage, so I ask everybody to be patient and stay tuned."
Hannabass plans to submit the application in the fall if it is approved by council members. The state will make a decision on the grant approval next summer.