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W. Randy Smith Recreation Center to be turned over to board

Former Berkeley County sheriff and magistrate, made two contributions totaling $2.1 million for the project

July 16, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • The W. Randy Smith Recreation Center being built in Inwood, W.Va., is on track to be turned over to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board by mid-August.
By Matthew Umstead, Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The W. Randy Smith Recreation Center being built in Inwood, W.Va., is on track to be turned over to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board by mid-August, the board’s executive director said Tuesday.

Lettering is scheduled to be put on the side of the 18,200-square-foot building this week, Steve Catlett told board members at their regular monthly meeting.

Catlett said some items remain to be addressed, including the need to cover exposed steel beams in the gymnasium, but added that some of the work will be done after the building is turned over to the parks and recreation board. 

Smith, a Powerball jackpot winner and former Berkeley County sheriff and magistrate, made two contributions totaling $2.1 million for the project on the Musselman High School campus. Martinsburg-based W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc. was awarded the project in April 2012.

A dedication ceremony is being eyed for September or October in an effort to accommodate Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s schedule, Catlett said.

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Smith, who toured the building with Catlett a couple of weeks ago, said Tuesday that he likes the interior and exterior design of the building, which he believes fits well with the high school campus.

“I can’t wait ’til people can start using it,” Smith said.

As of Tuesday, more than 100 people have applied for the new full-time position for what will be the county’s second public recreation center, Catlett said. The deadline to apply for the job is the close of business Friday.

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