Pocahontas County Parks & Recreation Offers Variety of Summer Activities

We talked with Brooke Burns, the Program Coordinator with the Pocahontas County Parks and Recreation. We asked Brook about the summer activities that Parks and Recreation are offering this year.

Burns said that because of COVID over the past couple of years, summer activities were put on hold, but are now back this summer. She said that because of this, she was able to be creative with the activities offered. These include a variety sports classes, including the three-day Baseball Clinic that was being conducted at Stillwell Park a few yards away from where Burns and I were speaking. These baseball clinics are offered for several age groups. There is one for ages 4-7, one for ages 8-11, one for ages 12-14 and one for ages 15 and up.  She said other sports clinics being offered include Golf Basics; Disc Golf; Soccer Basics; a Challenger International Soccer Camp. which will be held for ages 6-16 at Stillwell Park from July 11th to the 15th; a 4-week Basketball Basics Clinic that will run two days a week from for grades 3-5, starting on June 6th; and a girl’s Running Club for grades 5 and up which will be held on Sunday mornings at 10 am, starting on June 5th; and also, a 4-week Bike Club for 3rd through 5th graders which will meet at Stillwell Park every Monday in June.

Brooke explains some of the other activities.

“In addition to our sports, we are also taking multiple trips this summer” Burns said. “We have a Moomaw Lake trip, Seneca Rocks, Low Water Bridge, Sherwood Lake, Yew Mountain Center and a trip to Twin Creeks. We are also doing some kayaking trips on the Greenbrier River Trail. And, we have tons of craft days and then even some for adults- we are doing a Canning 101 class. So, we have all kinds of different things for all kinds of different interests.”

Brooke, what are some of your favorite activities?

“One of my favorites is – this is going to be our second annual Rainbow Run 5K. It’s a 5-kilometer untimed fun, run or walk, where volunteers will be placed throughout the run, and they will be spraying runners with tie-dye spray. So, participants start the race wearing white, and they finish the race plastered in color. And this is Saturday, July 23rd. We are meeting at the Greenbrier River Trail right near the Wellness Center, and it is for all ages.”

OK! How can people sign up, and where do they go to get more information, and are there any fees?

“For sign-ups, call the Community Wellness Center in Marlinton, and that number is 304-799-7386 or you can email me at pcrecprogram@gmail.com and you can also send us a message on Facebook. You can pre-register, you can call for any details, anything like that. As far as fees, it depends on which class you are doing. We do have a lot of free classes, and then we do have some classes that have fees, so you would just have to call to get more information.”

We also have Summer Brochures, which we printed out, and I took to all the schools in Pocahontas County, as well as the libraries, so you can pick them up there, or I can send you the summer Brochure via email. We also have copies at the Wellness Center in Marlinton.”

Anything else?

“I don’t think so, I really do encourage everyone just to   come out and support Parks and Recs, take a look at what we have to offer, sign-up for some things and just get involved in your community.”

So, if you missed that phone number for the Wellness Center, it is 304-799-7386. Call and get one of those Summer Activities brochures. They contain so much more information than we can include here about many additional summer programs being offered.

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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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