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Marion County Plans To Revitalize Palatine Park

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FAIRMONT -

It seems like Marion County is always looking for ways to improve and revitalize.

The City of Fairmont and the Marion County Commission met on Tuesday to discuss the commission's latest plan to revitalize Palatine Park.

"It's a beautiful site on the river frontage. Morgantown and Clarksburg are redeveloping their river frontage and we would like to do the same," said Burley "Butch" Tennant, Marion County Commission.

The county recently purchased riverfront property near Palatine Park from CSX Transportation.

"It's a happy day for us because not only are we developing the riverfront, which seems to be a thing that a lot of cities and counties are doing now," said Belinda Biafore, Marion County Development Office. "It's also a place for the community to come to."

It has already cleared space for walking trails, a restroom facility, fishing docks, a boat ramp, and more.

"I think you're going to see it happen over the next three years. I think it's going to be phased in. But phase one is well on its well," Biafore said. "They are going to see some actual developments happen down here even if its just bathrooms, some picnic tables, and a wading pool for the kids to come to."

"We just want to make it a park for the public," commissioner Tennant added. "We could have things out here. Events all the time, street fairs. For the kids to come out, picnic tables for people to eat at. Little shelters and walking trails."

But there is a bit of a problem. Half of everything beyond the amphitheater toward the High Level Bridge belongs to the City of Fairmont.

Commissioners have offered to trade the 100 block of Adams Street to the city in exchange for its property at Palatine Park.

"We would like to trade them or have them donate the property to the county so we can further develop it and make it a nice park for Marion County tax payers," commissioner Tennant said.

If the county and city come to an agreement, Marion County residents can expect a lot of new things.

"Some businesses. Maybe bring in some more boat docks in, maybe build a little marina, maybe do the restaurant part," Biafore said. "Phase three will be some more picnic area and boat dock area."

There has been rumor that Palatine Park's name could change, but the county said it isn't true.

"We will probably never change the name," commissioner Tennant said.

The Marion County Commission said it is waiting to hear back from the Fairmont City Council before it begins phases two and three.

Fairmont City Council will meet to discuss their thoughts and opinions regarding the plan before it makes a decision.