SALYERSVILLE - A public meeting was held on Tuesday to discuss plans for the possible construction of a park and amphitheater for Salyersville.
While an amphitheater has been discussed for many years, this is the most progress made in the project, with designs drawn up and steps taken to apply for grant funding.
Landscape Engineer Kevin Warner with CARMAN presented designs for the park, which will be located in the lot next to the Salyersville National Bank. Plans include construction of an amphitheater, which has been designed to reflect Salyersville, using natural timber and stone. The park would have a walking track, playground, and plenty of space for the community to gather for local events at the amphitheater, as well as allotting space for bus parking and handicap accessibility.
Denise Thomas with Big Sandy Area Development District stressed to the public that the project is very feasible, with the next step to apply for grants, but will need local support.
Thomas has found two federal grants that she believes would cover roughly half of the estimated $773,000 project. Big Sandy ADD is currently looking for other grants and private funding options that could cover some of the costs, however fundraising is likely to cover the balance.
As far as the progress of the project, Warner and Thomas said the next step is securing the funds. Since there have been discussions about Salyersville becoming a trail town, Thomas said the project will incorporate well with those plans.
While a lot of paperwork will have to be completed between now and then, Thomas said she hopes to get the first large grant applications turned in by the beginning of next year, when the next cycle begins.