“Parks and Recreation . . .
the benefits are endless.”
The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board was established in April 1970 as a chartered governmental organization. It is unique in the State of West Virginia in that it is the only such agency comprised of three foundation agencies:
- City of Martinsburg
- Berkeley County Council
- Berkeley County Board of Education
The governing board is comprised of nine members, three each appointed by the City, the County, and the Board of Education. These individuals are volunteers who set the policy for recreation and park services in Berkeley County.
Parks & Recreation receives an annual allocation from each of the three governing bodies for the operation of recreation programs and parks and facilities maintenance. Parks & Recreation also receives a portion of City and County Hotel/Motel tax (paid by occupants of the motels and hotels in the city and county). Parks & Recreation continues to self-generate approximately 70% of its annual operating budget through programs, leagues, facilities, special events, and private and corporate sponsorships.
The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board now has seventeen full-time staff members and a part-time and seasonal staff of over 200.
Approximately 10,000 children participate each year in over 30 different instructional programs, summer camps, and leagues sponsored by Parks & Recreation.
Other services include pavilion rentals, Poor House Farm barn rental, pools for public swimming and private parties, mini-golf, and multiple parks for recreation and play.
The Recreation Center includes our state-of-the art Flip Over Gymnastics facility as well as a new separate gymnastics obstacle and training (GOT) wing; a large dance studio (home of Turning Pointe Centre for Dance); two gymnasiums in the original building and the Quad/Graphics gymnasium which house our basketball leagues, volleyball leagues, a variety of sports and summer day camps, private parties, events and more.
Our administrative office is located in the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center in Lambert Park on Woodbury Avenue in Martinsburg.