New recreation center to be dedicated

May 30, 2002|by SARAH MULLIN

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Department has a new recreation center to add to its offerings available for county and city residents.

A dedication ceremony for the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center, named for the Berkeley 2000 Foundation which gave $125,000 toward the center's construction, will be held today at 7 p.m. at the center at Lambert Park, 273 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg.

Construction for the $800,000 center began in the spring of 2001, Parks and Recreation Executive Director Steve Catlett said.

"Public recreation has a lot of needs in the community. The center has been needed for quite some time," he said.


The center is a double gymnasium complex that can seat 1,500, with restrooms, a lobby and a concession area, Catlett said.

The Parks and Recreation department's administrative offices should be completed in September, he said.

In the past, Parks and Recreation has relied on area school facilities for their programs, limiting the programs to evenings.

With the center, programs for senior citizens and pre-school for children of parents who work second and third shift can be added to the many programs already offered, Catlett said.

The center also will be used for volleyball and basketball tournaments, while local organizations can lease the facility for special events. Catlett said this will generate revenue and help offset the cost of maintenance.

The schools will still be used by the department, Catlett said.

The center was funded by the Foundation that was created by LCS Services Inc., a landfill company that donated 50 cents per ton of waste to the project. It has also been supported through West Virginia Legislature budget digest money, former Gov. Cecil Underwood and by Martinsburg city officials, Catlett said.

County businesses and state Sen. John Unger, D-W.Va., and Del. Vickie Douglas, D-Berkeley, paid for the furnishings inside the center such as bleachers, divider curtain, scoreboards, baskets and backboards, volleyball equipment, wall padding and a sound system.

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