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Morgantown Riverfront Revitalization Task Force for April 2021

  1. Old Business
    1. Update on Mountaineer Heritage/South U Park proposal

Jessica, Drew, and Jenny met with Rich Edwards, Infrastructure Coordinator with WVU’s Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative, and Steve Kasacek, with the International Mountain Bike Association, at Mountaineer Heritage Park last month. We walked the park and talked about what types of bike trails would work best there. Rich said he would investigate further and provide some suggestions and cost estimates. He contacted Jessica last week to say he would get information to her shortly. Jessica corresponded with BOPARC and plans to meet with them to discuss next steps once she gets further information from Rich. BOPARC also stated that it currently has funds for two murals in the Park.

Emily said the City is actively attempting to schedule a meeting with DOH to discuss multiple issues, including ownership of the Park. They plan to inquire about acquiring the Park outright since there are concerns that investors will not pledge money for improvements since the Park is now leased and not owned.

  1. Update from Assistant City Manager

The City has revamped the special event permit process and believes it is now working much better. Vincent has booked multiple events at HRM Park and is still interested in pursuing a food truck event in the future. He wants to put out a call for food trucks. Ella suggested generating a master list of food trucks that could be shared with other organizations who might want to invite them to attend events. 

Emily indicated that the City’s communications department added a page about the Task Force to the City website and would be posting information about the Task Force in the future. A facebook post about Task Force progress went out yesterday: check it out here.

  1. New Business
  1. Should we continue meeting virtually?

The group decided to continue to meet virtual but consider holding 1-2 meetings per year in person, perhaps as a walking tour.

  1. Other

Ella shared information about an Earth Day Festival in Marilla Park on Saturday (info here: that’s being put on by MRTC, Friends of Deckers Creek, and the Greenspace Coalition. 

Frank suggested promoting fishing along the riverfront with signage and publicity, specifically at the Table 9 dock and the dock behind HRM Park. He agreed to put some information together that could be used for a social media post.

Next Meeting:  May 20, 2021 via Zoom

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