Thursday, October 27, 2016
|Stairs atop Turkey Spur before vandalism|
Members of Friends of the New River Gorge National River are requesting that contributions be made to match a grant sought to replace the system of stairs and boardwalks, a cost estimated at $50,000, according to the organization's website.
The stair and boardwalk were built by the National Park Service in 2015 and replaced an earlier boardwalk that had been built to the top of the sandstone formation in the 1970s. The new structures were burned by a yet-to-be-identified arsonist in 2016.
The National Park Service does not have funds to replace the structures, which provided access to views of the New River more than 1,000 feet below. The spur has long been among the park's most popular tourist attractions, and a climb to the top has been a tradition for many park visitors.
Members are requesting that contributors donate by visiting the Friends website and selecting the donate button on the lower right of the page or by attending a fundraising event at the Outback Steakhouse in Beckley on November 15. Contributors will find more information on the event at the organization's website and on its Facebook page.