New details shared about construction at Valley Park in Putnam County

Construction crews work on the improvements and upgrades at Valley Park in Putnam County. (WCHS/WVAH)

The annual Christmas lights display at Valley Park in Putnam County is going to be scaled back this season to the front of the park because the park is currently a construction zone.

Construction crews are hard at work to get Valley Park ready for the public to enjoy.

"They have a strict construction date," said Jarrod Dean, executive director of the Putnam County Parks Commission, adding the project is on schedule to be finished by May 1.

Dean said on that date the sports fields, an 18-hole disc golf course, the main courtyard and the community building are scheduled to be finished.

"We're going to start booking events there in the month of June, and we've hired a marketing events specialist here on staff," said Dean, showing off a section of the community building. "The architects have designed this to be a wood-grained porcelain tile. It's going to be a great feature for people to have activities in the foyer."

Dean said the new liner is in the Wave Pool and the pool is on schedule to open Memorial Day Weekend. A new concession area at the pool is part of the community building.

"It's going to have a full on, gourmet-style menu. Going to be offering a lot of different healthier choices for kids and adults to enjoy here at Waves of Fun," Dean said.

Dean said crews are working to get the project under roof so they will be able to work inside when the cold weather comes.

The price tag of the project is $15 million. It's being paid for with tax increment financing that allows governments to set aside a portion of property tax money for economic development projects.

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