By Cindy Bradford
LENORE - Laurel Lake Wildlife Management will host its first annual “West Virginia, Make it Shine” park cleanup day April 5, at the state park located near Lenore.
Volunteers are encouraged to come out to help “spring clean” the local park. Volunteers will meet at the park’s office at 8:30 a.m. Cleanup materials will be provided by the Park Foundation. Food and drinks will be supplied to volunteers by Little Dove United Baptist Church of Belo.
The West Virginia Make It Shine Program is a comprehensive program aimed at making West Virginia the cleanest state in the nation. Throughout the state, groups of volunteers, businesses, community organizations and local governments are working to accomplish this goal. It is the responsibility of the West Virginia Make It Shine Program to coordinate the efforts of these people to make the state shine.
Laurel Lake Park is the only state park in Mingo County. It was founded in 1960, when 75 acres of land were leased from Cotiga Development Company for the construction of a 29-acre lake. In recent years, additional lease agreements were obtained to expand the area to its present size.
Over the past several years, residents appear to have lost interest in the park and its upkeep has been somewhat neglected. The Laurel Lake Park Foundation has been formed to revitalize the park and bring it back into the public spotlight. Recently, Cotiga Development donated money toward the Laurel Lake revitalization process. The money donated helped the Laurel Lake Foundation install electricity in shelters No. 2 and No. 4 at Laurel Lake Park.
Those interested in volunteering their time and effort should contact Josh Feather, park superintendent, at 304-475-2823 or Woodrow Moore, vice president of the Laurel Lake Foundation, at 304-752-5737.