Funds for soccer field, lake approved

August 29, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board will be getting up to $55,000 from the county to build a soccer field complex and a lake.

The Berkeley County Commissioners approved the expenditures from the capital improvement fund Thursday during a meeting with Parks and Recreation Executive Director Steve Catlett. The $30,000 going to the soccer complex is on top of $25,000 the commission had earlier approved for the project.

In asking for the additional funding, Catlett told the commission members that the board received only one bid for clearing and excavating the site and that was for $75,000. "That more than swallowed up our whole budget," he said.


Catlett said the 10 acres for the soccer complex had been donated to the board by the DuPont corporation five years ago for a recreational area. The land is located off U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg.

The first phase of the project - excavation of the site and laying out the fields - is budgeted at $90,000. He said after the meeting that the commission's donation means the board has about $87,000.

A second phase would eventually add fences, bleachers and lights at the fields, according to Catlett.

The commission also agreed to allow the board to spend up to $25,000 for a 3- to 4-acre lake at the Poorhouse Farm, 137 acres of land three miles west of Martinsburg off Tuscarora Pike. Catlett told the commission that the board has a West Virginia Department of Natural Resources permit to build the lake.

The board hopes to build the lake using equipment donated by Woods Resort owner Ray Johnston, Catlett said. The money would help pay for fuel, equipment repairs and hiring additional equipment operators.

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