The upper stories of the historic Tucker County Bank Building are slowly but surely being renovated. Recently the PRO ON TRAC AmeriCorps members removed the deteriorating carpet and underlayment from the upper stairway, revealing the original wooden steps.
Meanwhile, the third story is being repainted—pictures to come soon!
Last Friday, PRO ON TRAC members and city officials traveled to Morgantown, where WVU landscape architecture students presented their designs for a Parsons riverfront park.
Each of the thirty students in Professor Peter Butler's class came up with a design for the riverfront area along Water Street and two lots on the opposite side of the street. The designs included a wide range of styles and features, from simple riverfront paths to floating docks, fire pits, croquet courts, terraces, natural playgrounds and contemplative gardens. This body of student work will provide a rich source of ideas and inspiration for future park planning efforts.
Professor Butler plans to continue developing a design for the Water Street park over the summer. He will visit Parsons on Saturday, May 14 to hold a design workshop with community members. If you are interested in this park project, stop by the McDonald Building on First Street any time between 10am and 6pm Saturday to participate in the workshop.
We would like to thank the students for their thoughtful work and wish them a great summer!
We are excited to announce the musical lineup for the 2016 Music in the Park summer concert series in Parsons, WV! The series is put on by the Parsons Parks and Recreation Commission in beautiful Mill Race Park.
Music in the Park - 2016 Music Lineup
JUNE 3 - Michael Bonnett and River's Edge
Country | Elkins, WV
JUNE 10 - Rockin' Rednecks
Country, blues and classic rock | Preston County, WV
JUNE 17 - Ally Norris and Triple S
Ally Norris - singer-songwriter - country, pop and rock | Cresapton, MD
Triple S - classic rock | Parsons, WV
JUNE 24 - Gospel Sing: Goldenaires, Parsons United Methodist Sonbeams and the Shahan Family
Gospel | Parsons, WV
JULY 8 - Dirty Little Secret
Classic rock and country | Parsons, WV
JULY 15 - The Ginsangers
Jazz, blues, folk and country | Elkins, WV
JULY 22 - Allies
Rock | Elkins, WV
JULY 29 - Maysville Express
Bluegrass | Maysville, WV
AUGUST 12 - Empty
Southern rock, classic rock | Parsons, WV
AUGUST 19 - End of Summer Party: The Davisson Brothers Band
Country, southern rock, and bluegrass | Clarksburg, WV
Students from a WVU landscape architecture class visited Parsons on Friday, April 1, to begin a design project focused on the Parsons riverfront.
Led by Professor Peter Butler, the students explored the banks of Shavers Fork, documenting natural and manmade features. They also visited Mill Race Park and downtown Parsons and met with community members to discuss the project.
Each student will come up with a design for a park along Water Street, including a long stretch of land along Shavers Fork and two FEMA buyout lots on the opposite side of the street. The students will present their designs on April 29 at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown. Parsons residents are welcome to attend.
Using the student designs as a starting point, PRO ON TRAC and the City of Parsons plan to work toward a final design for a riverfront park with the assistance of Professor Butler. Together we will work to ensure that the design is beneficial to residents and visitors, respectful of the environment, and appropriate for its floodplain site. We believe the river is one of Parsons' greatest resources (especially with the growth of recreation-based tourism), and we are excited to see the riverfront reimagined as a place to celebrate the unique culture, heritage and natural environment of Parsons and Tucker County.
We look forward to seeing what the students come up with!
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the project, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's make sure downtown looks dazzling for the Fire Dept. Homecoming Carnival!
Please come out and help us repaint the quiltwalks at Second and Walnut Street on Saturday, April 30. In case of rain, we will choose a different date.
Please call (304) 478-6009 or email email@example.com if you would like to help (so that we can make sure there are enough paintbrushes).
Come say hello to PRO members at our booth at Music in the Park! We'll have games as well as lots of info about our projects and how to get involved.
Stay tuned for details about the musical lineup! (Don't forget to bring a lawn chair!)
The Parsons City Council met on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, to distribute the $895,000 available this year from the William Mahan Harman Memorial Fund. PRO ON TRAC received a grant of $64,000 to be used for the renovation of the Eddie McDonald Building in downtown Parsons.
The purpose of the Harman Fund is to provide perpetual funding for several entities in the city of Parsons. As Parsons Attorney Pat Nichols explained last year, “There are basically four components – one is the Parsons Cemetery, another is the distribution of funds to maintain the Parsons Parks, one for the Parsons Five Rivers Public Library and finally, any remaining net income to be used for the benefit of the citizens of Parsons.” The fund is managed by the Tucker Community Foundation and the interest distributed annually by the Parsons City Council.
The McDonald Building renovation was among the projects selected for the benefit of the citizens. When completed, one of the most prominent dilapidated buildings in Parsons will have been transformed into a productive and appealing space. Two apartments are planned for the second floor, while the ground floor will provide commercial space and a community events facility.
Funding from a 2015 Harman Fund grant enabled PRO ON TRAC to stop the deterioration of the building by shoring the structure, rebuilding the floors and center wall, replacing the roof and installing windows. All of our efforts up to this point have laid important groundwork for the next phase of the project.
PRO ON TRAC is a non-profit organization, and all future income from the building will go toward our continuing efforts to revitalize Parsons. We are deeply grateful for the City Council's willingness to invest in this project, which we believe is an essential part of the future of our city.