By Jessica Farrish, The Register-Herald
BECKLEY, W.Va. — The City of Beckley and New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) are seeking federal funding for the first phase of development that will secure Beckley’s place as a gateway city to the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Mayor Rob Rappold announced Monday.
“It’s probably one of the most revolutionary opportunities, to put Beckley on the map, that has come along in a long time,” said Rappold.
Rappold reported that NRGRDA has asked Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito for federal earmark funds to build a welcome center and a city park in the area of the historic Alfred Beckley Mill at Piney Gorge. The park will include a dog park.
The first phase will likely be $7 million to $8 million, which is the federal cap for such projects, although Rappold said the exact figure was not nailed down on Monday…