The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 17, 2013

Slab Fork Community awarded grant for park


— The Slab Fork Community Group recently received a $15,000 grant which it will use to build a new community park.

Sens. Mike Green, D-Raleigh, and Daniel Hall, D-Wyoming, presented the award.  

“Our No. 1 priority is the safety of children in Slab Fork and the surrounding communities,” said board member Dyane Corcoran. “With the majority of homes immediately adjacent to Route 34, there are few places where kids can safely gather to play …. this funding will change that.”

Beaver Coal Co. donated 1 acre of land in the community for the project and the community is ready to begin Phase One construction. This will include establishing the park area, construction of a picnic pavilion and instillation of a playground area.

Fundraising and donation efforts are under way for Phase Two construction of the project, which will include landscaping, fencing, interpretive signage, supplemental play areas, and biking trails.

“We are very thankful to receive this grant,” said Tim Maynard. “However, we are still accepting contributions such as landscaping materials, equipment use, volunteer labor or monetary gifts — any additional assistance to complete this park would be greatly appreciated.”

Slab Fork Community Group in Slab Fork, which has population of fewer than 200 people, was established in May 2013 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Residents and friends formed the group to preserve and enhance what is one of the last remaining coal camp communities in West Virginia.

The group conducts community cleanups, dinners, fundraisers, contests and projects year-round. They have also developed a walking/biking trail, which was selected as a signature project for the Boy Scouts of America’s Service Project 2013.

For more information, donations or contributions, contact Corcoran at 304-763-1487.