WVU Class Begins Riverfront Park Design

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 parsonsontrac@gmail.com.