Volunteers said the problem began when Monongalia County condensed the committees overseeing the park into one.
Fairmont State will host a Soles for Souls Drive to collect recycled shoes.
The collection will last for the entire semester ending on May 1.
Those wishing to donate can bring their shows or any size or gender to the front desk on the first floor of the Falcon Center on Fairmont State's campus.
At the end of the collection, the shoes will be sent to people in need, both in the United States and abroad.