State Parks Foundation
While many projects in the state parks and forests are
supported by foundations created to support a single park, the statewide West
Virginia State Parks Foundation has provided funding and support for
projects in parks that don't have their own foundation.
provides information about some of the projects the statewide
Foundation has funded. The date of completion and the approximate cost
are shown in parenthesis. ("SP" in
the list is State Park and "SF" is State Forest) .
Blackwater Falls Disc Golf Course: (2016, $6,200) An 18 "hole" disc golf course was constructed with funds from a large bequest.
Canaan Valley SP Hang Gliding Launch Point: (2016, $4,900) A
launch area for hang gliders also serves as an overlook for tourists
riding the Park's chair lift to the top of the mountain. Funding
was through a grant from a nonprofit hang gliding foundation.
Tygart Lake Nature Center: (2015,
$26,000) A new nature center was funded with money from the same large bequest that paid for part of the
Park's nature-themed playground (see previous item).
Greenbrier SF Trail Construction: (2014-15,
$32,000) The Foundation received a large grant from another nonprofit foundation
to construct several miles of new hiking trails in the Forest. The project is about 60% complete as of
Tygart Lake SP Nature-themed Playground: (2014, $42,000) A
new nature-themed playground was constructed with funding from an individual's large donation designated
for the project, a Park System matching grant, and a portion of a very
large bequest that is to provide upgrades in three designated parks.
Audra SP Campground Electric Hookups: (2014,
$3,000) The Foundation received a grant from Barbour County to
pay for the installation of several electric hookup pedestals in the
Laurel Lakes WMA tools: (2014, $400)
Individual donations funded the purchase of several new tools for the
maintenance staff in the Laurel Lakes Wildlife Management Area.
Laurel Lakes SP Playground Equipment: (2013, $4,500) New Playground equipment was purchased with funds from a large corporate grant.
Greenbrier SF Storm Damage Repair:
(2013, $12,000) The 2012 derecho that swept through the state
caused major damage in the Forest. Foundation funds totaling
$6,000 were matched with a $6,000 grant from the Park System and paid for clearing and repairing much of the damage.
Watters Smith Memorial SP Bike Wash: (2012,
$500) An individual Park user donated the cost of a new bike wash
to allow bicycles to be washed after a muddy trail ride.
Lost River SP New Furniture: (2011, $2,300) New furniture was purchased to replace worn and damaged pieces in some of the Park's cabins.
Blackwater Falls SP Playground Equipment: (2010,
$1,400) Playground equipment was purchased with funds donated by
numerous individuals in memory of a child who died.
Greenbrier SF Disc Golf Course: (2009-11, $5,000) Construction of a disc golf course was funded with a variety of individual and moderate size corporate grants.
Panther SP Playground Equipment: (2008, $5,000) A Large corporate grant paid for new playground equipment in the Park.
Bluestone SP Message Center: (2008, $800) A
number of small memorial donations were used to purchase a new
weatherproof message board for the Park's campground.
Coopers Rock SF Water Fountain: (2007,
$1,700) An individual paid for the purchase and installation of a
new handicap-accessible water fountain in the Forest.