KEYSER - Melanie Minshall was recently at the Keyser government meeting to speak about Mill Meadow Park and on Tuesday, she took her efforts to prevent the sale of that area to the Mineral County Commissioners.


By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Melanie Minshall was recently at the Keyser government meeting to speak about Mill Meadow Park and on Tuesday, she took her efforts to prevent the sale of that area to the Mineral County Commissioners.
She told the three commissioners that she has begun the process to gather names on a petition to show that more local citizens other than herself want to keep the park, and she said, “I now have over 187 names.”
Minshall gave examples for usage of the Mill Meadow Park as a place to sled ride, have senior pictures taken, family reunions, baby showers, birthday parties, and hiking opportunities.
She said, “I utilize the park every day,” while mentioning that the park is a natural place, and a place to spend in meditation.
“A lot of people appreciate the area,” Minshall said, and she offered the story of a local person who had lost several loved ones, and that person visited the Mill Meadow Park almost on a daily basis to “to get away and remember.”
“It is a shame to take that away from everyone,” she said.
She said that her understanding from being at a previous City of Keyser council meeting is that the land up to the tennis courts will be auctioned off.
Minshall said that as she visits the park daily, she has observed members of the Ravenscroft family working and updating the Alkire Mansion, and, “They work there for free.”
Drew Brubaker, county coordinator, said that he and the City of Keyser administrator had recently had a conversation about the Mill Meadow Park, and on the subject about selling the park, he said, “The exact boundary of what to sell is being worked out.”
Commissioner Jerry Whisner said that land right in the middle of Mill Meadow park is owned by the county, and that area is not for sale.
Minshall said that she knew in speaking out in favor of keeping the Mill Meadow Park, “I would receive repercussions, and I am prepared for that, because I am standing up for a purpose.”