ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission has approved a quarter-million-dollar funding request from the Dryfork Recreation Center.
The commission voted unanimously to award the center $250,000 for its current Raise the Roof campaign. The money, which will come from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act funds, will help the center construct a new community building.
“The community building will not only serve recreational purposes, but will also help area residents in the event of an emergency,” Rex Vance, president of the Dry Fork Recreation Center, told commissioners. “We’ve had our share of disasters in the Harman area and it’s sometimes difficult to house people, so this will provide that.
“It will also provide a much-needed gymnasium for the children, as it becomes increasingly difficult to get the school to organize activities outside of school hours and during the summer,” Vance said. “We always wanted to build a building that would have a fitness center and also serve as a rescue and rescue center. And now we can do it.
Vance said the center has already raised over $100,000 for the project which will cost around $350,000.
“We have already raised a good amount of money for this building, but we will need around $350,000 to build the building we want,” Vance said. “People in the community have done a great job of fundraising and going out and getting money for it. We are small but we serve a lot of people. We even have people from different counties coming to use our facilities.
Commissioner David Kesling, along with Commission Chair Chris See and Commissioner Cris Siler, applauded the efforts of citizens in the Dry Fork area.
“I think it’s great for this community to have already raised over $100,000,” Kesling said. “This center is going to be a great asset to this part of Randolph County.”
Land was first laid in 1997 for the Dry Fork Recreation Center, located behind the Old Mill near Route 32 in Harman. Since then, volunteers have worked to expand the center into a fully functional wellness park.
“We had to do a lot of things to get the area out of the flood zone when we started all of this,” Vance said. “Our first project was to build a baseball diamond, garage, basketball court and concession stand. Later we built a walking track and then we added a stage for when we have our festival and other different events happening there. »