KEYSER - A Keyser area resident who asked the Keyser City Council in May to not sell Mill Meadow Park plans to present the officials with a petition with the same request during their regular meeting next week.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A Keyser area resident who asked the Keyser City Council in May to not sell Mill Meadow Park plans to present the officials with a petition with the same request during their regular meeting next week.
When the mayor and council first began discussing selling the Alkire Mansion and possibly Mill Meadow Park with it, Melanie Minshall asked them to reconsider, calling the park “an asset to the community.”
“I’ve been utilizing the park for the last 10-11 years, and I see other people utilizing it as well,” she said during the May 22 council meeting.
“ I’ve seen people coming from out of state even, using the trail or just sitting and having lunch,” she said. “The community enjoys going there and it would be a shame to lose that.“
Since her initial plea, the council voted on Aug. 14 to put both the Alkire Mansion and the majority of Mill Meadow Park up for auction.
The sale would not include the Red Kitzmiller ballfield or the adjacent parking lot, but would include the land on which a gazebo and memorial currently sit, as well as a walking trail, in addition to the mansion.
According to mayor Damon Tillman, the sale would include “everything on the other side of the creek … all the way up to the old tennis courts.”
Minshall, however, says she felt she had to stand up and do something to save the park where she and others have been able to enjoy quiet time away from the noise of the city’s other well-used parks.
She has therefore launched a petition campaign, placing a paper petition in a number of Keyser businesses and posting an online version on Facebook.
“I just felt like I had to do something,” she told the News Tribune Friday. “In this world, this day and age, we need to appreciate and respect the nature we have left and not destroy it.”
The council meets Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.