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Charleston Celebrates Greenspace

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The story below aired Sunday on WSAZ-TV. Click here to view the video.

What once was an old vacant lot is now a place for everyone to enjoy.

Sunday, a dedication ceremony was held for the Mary Price Ratrie Greenspace.

Just across from the Clay Center on Washington Street, the Greenspace offers an escape from urban living.

The space is filled with trees, flowers, rock landscapes and plenty of seating. There are also several waterfalls that are flowing thanks to rain water collected and recycled from a nearby building.

“I like the boulders and I like the green area here,” Ann Winton said. “I like that you can sit and view and I hope they will bring some music in occasionally.”

The Charleston Area Alliance was a driving force behind the project.

“As people come down Leon Sullivan Way, we’ll give them a very positive impression of our community,” President and CEO Matt Ballard said. “For people who live downtown, this is their backyard.”

Federal and state funds along with dozens of private donors are helping to fit the bill for the nearly $3 Million project.

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A Better View

The story below aired Sunday on WCHS.

GreenspaceStreamThe view across from the Clay Center just got a little better. The city dedicated its Gateway Greenspace just right over the street from the arts’ center Sunday afternoon.

The nearly $3 million project has been ten years in the making with the Charleston Area Alliance taking a lead role in its construction.

“We wanted an aesthetically pleasing gateway to our community, this is how so many people enter our city, and we wanted people to take ownership in it and consider it theirs,” said Charleston Area Alliance President Matt Ballard.

The project was paid for by number of private donations and grants from the federal, state, and local governments. Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito helped secure much of the funding at the federal level for the green space through several earmarks.

“It’s your tax dollars coming back to you in the form of enrichment and an improvement to our community and our way life,” said the Congresswoman.

During his remarks Mayor Danny Jones recalled places that use to occupy the space on Washington Street East. He invoked the names of Charleston High School and Roger Dean Chevrolet eliciting a few chuckles from the crowd. He also cited the importance of having such a space to greet those coming off of Interstate 64.

“This is the first impression they may have of our city if this is where they arrive in Charleston,” said the Mayor.

The Greenspace is now open for the public to enjoy and includes a number of features including a bike rack, sitting area, and educational zones for children or those looking to learn about plant life in the state.

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Generation Charleston Cleans Up Town

The story below appeared Saturday on WSAZ-TV. Click here to view the video.

RiverCleanWSAZSunshine made Saturday morning a great time to do some spring cleaning.

Volunteers took some time to help Generation Charleston spruce up along the Kanawha River.

Clean-up crews picked up trashed, cleared ditches and mulched along the Boulevard. Organizers say it’s an effort to keep West Virginia’s Capitol City looking top notch.

Generation Charleston’s mission is to make Charleston a better place to live and for the whole community.

“We really feel it’s important to just make it a better place,” group member Laura Barry said. “These trails get a lot of use, walkers, runners, lots to do out here. We are just trying to clean it up and make it better.”

This marks the second year for the clean-up.

Click here to see photos from the River Cleanup in the Sunday Gazette-Mail.

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The Banks of the Kanawha River are Cleaner

The story below appeared Saturday on WOWK-TV. Click here to view the video.

GCRiverCleanupFrom cleaning out gutters to picking up trash, the banks of the Kanawha River are looking a little more presentable, courtesy of Generation Charleston. Thirty-five volunteers worked from the Southside Bridge to the 35th Street Bridge.

“These walking trials are a wonderful part of our community, and by cleaning them up, we are encouraging people to come out and use the trails and get some exercise. Come out and enjoy the day,” says Laura Barry, Community Outreach co-captain for Generation Charleston.

Other jobs include mulching and weeding around the plaques along Kanawha Boulevard. For Chris Adams, the project has special meaning.

“As an avid boater, the river is something I’m passionate about, so I think cleaning up the riverbank is something that’s important to the community,” he says.

The mission of Generation Charleston is to make the capitol city a better place to live and work. They say helping clean up the riverbank goes hand in hand with that mission

“It makes it a better place for people to enjoy. You don’t want to come out and spend a day on the river relaxing and have trash all over the place and have mud all over the sidewalks where people run every day,” Adams said.

Several walked by volunteers and thanked them for their efforts. Organizers say seeing people who care about their community gives them the satisfaction of a job well done.

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