CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A park that was created after a tragedy 46 years ago was rededicated Friday.
Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin and others took part in the rededication of Hunter Park along 57th Street in Kanawha City.
The park was first dedicated in the fall of 1973 just a few months after a July 1973 flash flood that claimed the lives of siblings, Annetta, 9, Prince, 6, and Anthony Hunter, 4. They were killed when more than five inches of rain fell over a two-and-a-half hour period flooding Upper Donnally Branch. A hillside behind their home collapsed. A fourth sibling, Veronica, 10, was swept downhill but survived.
The park has fallen in disrepair over the years and city crews recently gave it a facelift.
“We help carry on the legacy of the Hunter family through this newly-renovated park,” Goodwin said Friday. “It is now a place children throughout our community and the surrounding areas can come to laugh, play and have fun.”
Goodwin and a few Hunter family members unveiled a new sign for the park during the ceremony.