Larry See

The Hampshire County Commission and Hampshire County Parks and Recreation have begun a joint effort to build a new conference center at Hampshire Park. The new building will replace the current dining hall/kitchen and showers and will be constructed on that site.

Demolition of the old building began on Aug. 5, with the new construction set to get underway in late September or early October. Pioneer Pole Buildings from Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, will construct the shell for the new facility, and the interior will be completed by a local contractor yet to be determined.

The 6,000-square-foot conference center will be heated and air conditioned for year-round use and will be available for a variety of functions, including:

4-H Camp


Wedding Receptions

Business Meetings

Business Conferences

Family Reunions

Birthday Parties

Baby Showers


Camps for Organizations

Anniversary Celebrations

Craft Shows

Class Reunions


Amenities at Hampshire Park and the new conference center will include:

Meeting Room/Dining Hall that seats 200 people

Fully-furnished Kitchen

Shower Facilities

Bunkhouses that sleep 200 people

Outdoor Pavilions

Playground Equipment


Walking Trail

Sports Field

Basketball Court

Barbecue Pits

Volleyball Court

If you have questions about the project, or if you are interested in contributing to it, call HCP&R at (304) 822-7300, or email us at

Clay Shoot at Cacapon State Park

HCP&R will sponsor a Clay Shoot at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs on Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The cost for the shoot will be as follows: 1 round of 25 clays using your own gun and shells will be $10; 1 round of 25 clays using your own gun and purchasing shells from Cacapon will be $14; 1 round of 25 clays using Cacapon’s guns and shells will be $20.

To get to the shooting range, turn onto the main park road and proceed to the tennis courts. Turn left at the tennis courts and follow the road up the mountain for approximately one mile. The name of the range is Wobble Range. 

If you are interested in the shoot, get your reservation in as soon as possible, as there is a limit of 15 shooters allowed. Spots will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. To register, email us at, or call us at (304) 822-7300 any weekday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. You may also register in person at the HCP&R Office at 90 North High Street in Romney during those same hours.

Bicycle Fun Ride

Due to a scheduling conflict, we had to change the date for our sixth annual Bicycle Fun Ride. It will now be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at 10 a.m. The ride will cover the ten-mile stretch from Capon Bridge to Yellow Spring along Cacapon River Road. We will start and end at the Capon Bridge Town Park, where we will hold a free luncheon after the ride. Drinks and snacks will also be provided for all participants before and during the ride.

As he has in the past, Ken Caldwell is doing a lot of the legwork for the ride. He says that drivers on Cacapon River Road are used to seeing bikers on that road, so traffic shouldn’t be a problem. We chose a longer but flatter course, which should please some of the less accomplished riders. Ken has even offered to hold a short informational meeting before the ride to cover bike safety and etiquette when riding a public road. Don't miss this opportunity to spend some time outdoors riding through some of the most picturesque scenery that you will find anywhere in Hampshire County.

Discount Tickets to King’s Dominion

Hampshire County Parks and Recreation has once again entered into an agreement with King’s Dominion to offer discount tickets to the park for this summer. These are any-time tickets that are good for admittance to the park any day that it is open. The park opened on March 23 for the 2019 season and will remain open until the end of October.

The price for each ticket is $38, which is a considerable savings from the normal $68 admission price. These tickets can be purchased at the HCP&R office at 90 North High Street in Romney any weekday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you can’t make it to the office, give us a call at (304) 822-7300 or email us at, and we’ll make arrangements to get your tickets to you.

If you’re planning a family or group outing to King’s Dominion this summer, this is a deal that you can’t afford to pass up. o

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