No Boundaries All Inclusive Park

The Pennington Gap "No Boundaries All Inclusive Park" could become a reality thanks to the generosity of property owners Ben Sergent III, Birg E. Sergent, Nancy J.H. Sergent, Sylvia Jane Sergent, Darrell Crusenberry and Pamela Darlene Caudill who donated the proposed future site to the Town of Pennington Gap.
Consisting of roughly three acres, an 18,000 square foot building and 700 feet of riverfront property adjacent to the Powell River it has one building recently vacated in preparation for the deed transfer to the Town of Pennington Gap. Originally built as a grocery store with attached variety store. The Caswell Walker property was the former location of Payless Grocery store and has now been renovated into a strip mall shopping center which was used most recently as a four unit commercial center.
Pennington Gap Town Manager, Keith Harless contacted the property owners about the future plans for the property. After lengthy discussion, Mr. Harless offered the possibility of the then current owners to donate the property to develop an innovative type of park that is designed to include everyone. Not only standardized park equipment but also equipment to accommodate everyone including special needs children with a strategic mix of playground equipment and activities for all abilities and ages.
Designed with the different needs of children including autism and other barrier challenges the park would also feature an area set aside for fitness support and the actively aging members of society. With an estimated cost which includes a playground, new bathrooms, a riverfront pavilion, and numerous overlooks of the river to be designed for fishing of $800,000.00. As of this moment the Town has not appropriated any funds but discussions have begun with private investors and many grant agencies. The Lane Group from Big Stone Gap has offered to perform all engineering at no cost.

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