Charles Town Parks & Recreation Commission
Charles Town Skate Park (Summer, 2008)
Charles Town Skate Park (Summer, 2008)

The City of Charles Town Parks & Recreation Commission (CTPR) was established in 2005 by the City of Charles Town Council. CTPR currently owns and operates three City parks, open daily from dawn to dusk, for public use and enjoyment.

Charles Town Skate Park

Opened in the spring of 2008, the Charles Town Skate Park is the only facility of its kind in Jefferson County. Featuring a half-pipe, quarter pipe, grind rail, bank rail, stairs, picnic table and other equipment with a steel riding surface, the park is usable for skaters of all levels. Two benches and a picnic table also provide seating for spectators.

Located on the former Maytag parking lot in downtown Charles Town, the entrance to the park is located at the corners of West and North Streets.
The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, weather permitting. Use of the park is FREE to the public. SKATING IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Funding for the skate park was provided through a $60,000 grant from the Land Water Conservation Fund matched by the Charles Town City Council. Other funding was provided by the Governor’s Partnership Program, Arcadia Building Corp. and the Jefferson County Youth Board.

The Charles Town Skate Park is available for rent for private parties or other events.  To make arrangements, please call City Hall at (304) 725-2311.

Evitts Run Park

Purchased from the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Board in 2006, Evitts Run Park is an approximately two-acre park located in downtown Charles Town. It is accessible on foot via a pedestrian entrance in the 400 block of W. Washington St. or by vehicle via W. Liberty St. (between N. West and N. Water Sts.).

The park features a recently resurfaced regulation basketball court; a second multi-use court; a recently installed play structure and other playground equipment; benches, picnic tables and an outdoor grill; and one pavilion. Fishing in Evitts Run is permitted. The pavilion is available for rent for private parties and other events. To rent the pavilion, please call City Hall at (304) 725-2311.

In 2009, CTPR developed a Master Plan for the expansion and improvement of Evitt's Run Park and the Charles Town Skate Park in conjunction with the City of Ranson's Parks & Recreation Board. While conceptual in nature, the Master Plan is designed to ultimately create a destination-oriented community park and an expanded skate/BMX facility that provides connectivity with the Ranson Civic Center and West End Park. To view the Evitt's Run Master Plan, click here.

Happy Retreat/Craighill Estates

In 2011, an approximately 13-acre parcel of land along Evitts Run in the Craighill Estates subdivision was deeded to CTPR by Arcadia Building Corp.  The parcel includes the gravesites of Charles Town's Founder, Charles Washington, and his wife, Mildred.  The parcel is adjacent to the Happy Retreat property, the home of Charles and Mildred Washington.  It also includes a hard-surface walking trail along the run.

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Evitts Run Park Sign
Evitts Run Park Sign
2015 CTPR purchased approximately 10 acres of the adjacent Happy Retreat property, connecting the Craighill parkland and gravesites to Happy Retreat.  The historic mansion and approximately two acres surrounding it were purchased by the Friends of Happy Retreat, a non-profit organization established in 2005 to acquire the property and put it into public use.

Acquisition of these parcels allows for the future potential establishment of a linear park through Charles Town along Evitts Run, connecting the existing Evitts Run Park with Happy Retreat using pedestrian friendly/recreational pathways.  The City's West End Revitalization Plan, developed in 2015, includes conceptual plans for the establishment of such a park.

Jefferson Memorial Park

Located between S. Mildred and Morrison Sts., Jefferson Memorial Park is an 11.6-acre park, established in 1949 through a donation from the late Dr. and Mrs. G. P. Morrison. Until recently, it has been owned and operated by Jefferson Memorial Park Corporation, a non-profit, 501 c3 managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Through a multi-year, cooperative effort between CTPR and the Jefferson Memorial Park Board, CTPR purchased the park for $1.00 in July 2011 and now operates it for public use and enjoyment. The park features a hard-surface walking trail, three tennis courts, two basketball courts, two playground areas, four pavilions, a Veteran's memorial, and an outdoor public swimming pool - the only such facility currently in Jefferson County. The pool and pavilions are available for rental for private parties. For information, please call City Hall at (304) 725-2311.  

Willingham Knolls Park

This 66-acre park was deeded to CTPR in 2006 by Arcadia Building Corp. It is located on Old Cave Rd. near the intersection of Rt. 340. 

A passive recreational park, Willingham Knolls features a 0.6 mile hard-surface walking trail, benches and footbridges over Evitts Run, which flows through the southeast portion of the park.

The park was named for City of Charles Town Councilwoman Geraldine Willingham who served on City Council for 22 years and was also a CTPR Commissioner. 

Charles Town Parks & Recreation Commissioners

The Charles Town Parks & Recreation Commission (CTPR) is a seven-member body appointed by the Charles Town City Council, two of whom must be current City Council Members and one of whom must be a representative from the Jefferson Memorial Park Board. Commissioners serve a six-year term, without compensation, and must be city residents.  Current Commissioners are:

Todd Coyle (Term ends December 2018)
Bill Kline (Term ends December 2016)
Ann Paonessa, Council Member, President
Paul Rosa (Term ends December 2018)
Trudy Roth, Jefferson Memorial Park Board Representative (Term ends December        2020)
Larry Vogler, Vice President (Term ends December 2020)
Nick Zaglifa, Council Member

If you are interested in serving on the Commission or volunteering for other CTPR projects, please contact 

 

 

 
 
 
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