North Berkeley Community Park ribbon-cutting Aug. 28

August 17, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER
  • A ribbon-cutting ceremony for North Berkeley Community Park on Williams Street in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Trish Rudder, Staff Writer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open North Berkeley Community Park will be Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The park is on Williams Street behind the old North Berkeley Elementary School, which now is used for the Morgan County Board of Education offices.

The park has playground equipment for children, fitness stations for teens and adults, an asphalt walking trail, a pavilion with picnic tables, a horseshoe pit and park benches, said Kate Evans, Park Committee chairwoman.

Evans said local health, family and youth organizations will have booths set up at the ceremony to provide information about local programs and services.

Health screenings and healthy activities are planned to help promote the park as a healthy place for families, Evans said.

"The park is a great asset to the community," Evans said. "I hope the grand opening ceremony will make more people aware of the park and encourage everyone to enjoy it. It's wonderful to see it come this far."


Children's games and light refreshments will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony, she said.

The project was developed by Morgan County Parks and Recreation, Berkeley Springs Rotary, Region 9 Planning and Development Council, Potomac Headwaters RC&D and community volunteers, Evans said.

Other major contributions came from the War Memorial Hospital, Morgan County Starting Points, Morgan County FAST, Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1483 in Berkeley Springs, she said.

"This is truly a community effort," said Rebecca MacLeod, coordinator for Potomac Headwaters RC&D.

Planning for the park began in 2008, she said.

After the elementary school closed and the playground was gone, about 70 families in that part of the community were without a playground close by, MacLeod said.

The closest playground would be a drive to Widmyer Elementary School, south of Berkeley Springs High School, she said.

Even if parents and children were to walk, it's a walk on U.S. 522 without sidewalks, MacLeod said.

The original budget for the park was about $100,000, and it was a low priority project for Parks and Recreation, she said.

The project came together because "so much was donated" by community organizations, which helped defray costs, MacLeod said.

Even the trees for the park came from the Town of Bath Tree Board through a Cool Communities grant and are maintained by the Morgan County Master Gardeners, she said.

The park is maintained by Morgan County Parks and Recreation, MacLeod said.

More equipment is planned for the playground, and an extended walking trail is planned to go to Jimstown Road, north of the Town of Bath, she said.

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