Morgantown Summer 2021 Edition

Suncrest END L E SS POSS I B I L I T Y

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WVU’s Personal Rapid Tran- sit, or PRT, with five stops between downtown and the medical center, is a world- class curiosity. Give it a try— the public rides for 50¢.

Egyptian, Japanese, Turkish, and Vietnamese. It has quick access to two 24-hour Kroger stores and hosts a Middle Eastern and an Asian grocer. The arts are well rep-

resented in Suncrest. The Art Museum of WVU hosts traveling exhibits alongside displays from its extensive permanent collection; its monthly Lunchtime Looks talks are open to the public. Residents can find music les- sons for all ages and instruments at the university's Creative Arts Center. And live performances at the Creative Arts Center range from student productions in intimate settings to Broadway shows and live tapings of West Virginia Pub- lic Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage. Finally, sports fans can do no better than Suncrest: WVU’s Mountaineer Field, Coliseum, and Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium are within walking distance of most of the neighborhood, and the Monongalia County Ballpark, home to WVU baseball and the West Virginia Black Bears Major League Baseball Draft League team, sits just over the river.

GENERAL AREA Patteson Drive and Van Voorhis Road to Star City, plus the Evansdale enclave between Evansdale and Riverview drives SCHOOLS North and Suncrest elementaries, Suncrest Middle, Morgantown High

suncrest spreads out on broad lawns that homes closer to downtown never had. The neighborhood takes unmistakeable pride in its appearance. And, like its lawns, Suncrest itself rambles. Starting from the Coliseum and Krepps Park, it encompasses University Avenue and Collins Ferry Road all the way to Van Voorhis and, by some definitions, beyond. The adjacent enclave of Evansdale shares many of its attributes. Most homes date to the 1920s to ’50s, and some are architectural showpieces. Families love Suncrest. The city’s Krepps Park holds ballfields, picnic pavilions, a dog park, and a public swimming pool. The elementary and middle schools are located right in the neighborhood, making for high family involvement in school programming. Also, because of the neighborhood’s demographics, those schools are the most diverse in town: Students at North Elementary speak more than 35 languages at home. Those demographics follow from Suncrest’s location near a concentration of professional and scientific institutions that attract staff from all over the world—institutions like the city’s two hospitals, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This part of town enjoys the full range of Morgantown’s dining expe- rience: from fast casual to fine dining as well as ethnicities that include

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INTERESTING FACT Traces of the Pleistocene ice age Lake Mononga- hela have been found in Suncrest. WALLS ALIVE Artists have expressed themselves on brick canvases all around town. This cardinal may be found on the side of

Keep your eyes open around town—you just might see something surprising. ART ATTACK

RESIDENT SCULPTOR Morgantown enjoys sever- al pieces by local sculptor Jamie Lester. This statue of town founder Zackquill Morgan stands at the

SCULPTURE TOUR Eight large-scale out- door artworks by artists from all over the country grace the grounds of WVU’s Creative Arts

the Mountain People’s Co-op on Pleasant Street downtown. Within walking distance from there, try Wall Street near both High and Spruce streets, the parking lot at Fayette and Chestnut, and the CVS park- ing lot near the top of High Street.

Public Safety Building at Spruce and Wall streets. Nearby, find beloved native Don Knotts dressed as Barney Fife outside the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street. And with a quick drive to the WVU Coliseum, you can see local basketball hero Jerry West.

Center—pictured here is the whimsical painted steel Calibration by Wisconsin sculptor Luke Achterberg. Need more? Walk the contemplative Nath Sculpture Garden at the Art Museum of WVU right next door.

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