City Council awards big financial boost to Parkersburg flood mural


PARKERSBOURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – The Parkersburg City Council has allocated $30,000 for flood control mural in Point Park.

This is the first time the project has received public funding, according to lead organizer Edward Escandon.

He said the money will allow artists and organizers to get things done faster on a larger scale.

So far, phases one and two of the project have encompassed approximately 10,000 square feet of the wall. Phase three will take place this summer and will be significantly larger than the previous phases.

Escandon wants to turn the flood wall into something meaningful that encapsulates Parkersburg.

“One day as I was walking past I said ‘Man, what a great canvas to showcase the history of the city and the history of the area and also to really make a virtue of the need we have here’ , ” he said.

The city council also donated $10,000 to help with another mural project in Point Park. This mural will be on the other side of the wall around the entrance. Jessie Siefert of the Parkersburg Art Center hopes the project will kick off next spring or summer.

To learn more about the flood wall project and what it means for the community, click on the link below.

Artists pick up where they left off with Parkersburg flood relief mural (wtap.com)

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