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Putnam Commissioner Stephen Andes announced major improvements to Valley Park at the Celebrate Putnam! Thanksgiving luncheon Nov. 15 in Hurricane.
A new, 30,000-square-foot community center is planned for Valley Park in the present parking area between Putnam Commons and the Waves of Fun water park.
"We expect it will be used for weddings, receptions and community events where space is needed, said Andes. "It may be crowded for graduations, he said, "but schools should be able to schedule their proms and other activities there.
Three ball fields with artificial turf will be added to the park. More tennis courts will be built and a regulation-size soccer field with a pavilion will be added north of the present parking area.
Several shelters will be added, as will a "Heritage Farm with community gardens.
A storage building near the Teays Valley Road will become a multipurpose facility for hosting community events such as the "Farm to Table -catered program to introduce produce available locally.
The park projects will be funded through "tax increment financing, a plan which supports loan repayments through property value increases due to the improvements in a TIF district.
The luncheon, an annual community event hosted jointly by the Chamber of Commerce and Putnam Rotary, formerly known as "For This We Give Thanks, was catered by The Gallery at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church.
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