The Helios Park project is being developed by a team that includes the Create WV leadership, Richwood Beautification Team, and WVSU Extension Agent Ray Moeller. Effectively this park will reclaim a Richwood city lot that had previously been a boarded up commercial building, which was reduced to ashes by fire, and ultimately left as a hole in the ground after debris removal. This initiative will be turning that lot into a premier example of how technology and nature can coexist and even flourish. A previous Nicholas County Community Foundation grant was utilized to stabilize the foundation, construct privacy fence, and provide basic fill to level the lot. Grant applications have been submitted in 2015 to support planning and construction of solar trellis as well as placement of native vegetation around a small community walking / sitting area. The over-arching goal of the project is to further strategic community revitalization efforts already taking place in the city of Richwood. The outcome will be a tangible, highly visible improvement in perception of the city, an outcome which uniquely combines elements of technology and nature. If grant solicitation efforts are successful, the park will be complete by the end of 2015.

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