Upshur County Commission and Buckhannon City Council held a joint meeting in the Upshur County Courthouse Annex Thursday, July 30 discussing the idea of a recreational complex.
Both commission and council were discussing many ideas about what the future 40-acre aquatic sports complex would look like and things that it would house. The cost of the complex would be more than $10,000,000, and would bring recreation and youth sporting events to one location in the county.
In April of this year, student at Buckhannon-Upshur High School student council presented their ideas of what they perceive a future sports recreational complex could look like.
“There are a lot of private donors in the area. We’re rich in natural gas, so tapping into those resources potentially, land and water conservation grants at the federal level with the department of interior, community facility grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture are several avenues that we would explore,” said Michael Doss, Buckhannon City Administrator.
The project includes picnic shelters, a walking track spanning the entire complex, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, and a 50 meter outdoor swimming pool. Also in the design, three soccer fields, baseball and softball fields and an indoor gymnasium.
Everyone in at the attendance was in agreement that a sport recreational facility is needed, but planning and developing of the project could take several years.