More and more of our state is starting to open up as the numbers of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to decline. The Hampshire County Parks and Recreation Board will hold its monthly meeting this Thursday night, May 21, and we should be able to make some announcements about additional openings and possible cancellations of our facilities and programs after that time.
Since we have not yet been given permission to open them, all parks in Hampshire County will remain closed. We know this may be inconvenient for many people, but you have to look at the big picture. If one person with the virus climbs up a sliding board ladder, and then ten or twenty other people climb up the same ladder later that day, then we have the potential of spreading the virus to many families, and the HCP&R Board just doesn’t want to take that risk.
Since golf courses are open, we will try to begin the Gary Crane Cup Golf outings, hopefully sometime in June. We are scheduled to play at Highlands Golf Course in Franklin that month, but we have been hesitant to make plans with the unsure nature of the situation. You can expect an announcement regarding the Crane Cup in the near future.
The Hampshire County Board of Education officially canceled school for the remainder of the year, so more of our programs will be canceled with it. Elementary Field Day, which is usually held the week after Memorial Day, is canceled, and our Summer Sports Camps, which are generally held the first two weeks of June, are also canceled. Our Women’s Self-Defense Course and rentals at Old Capon Bridge Middle School, Hampshire Park, and Afton and Pauline Malick Central Hampshire Park are also on hold for now. If you have a rental at one of those locations that you have already paid for, please contact the HCP&R Office at 304-822-7300, and we’ll make arrangements to get a refund to you.
Also, the HCP&R Office will only be open on a limited basis. If you have questions, call the office to see if it is open before you come in. If it is closed, leave a message, and we’ll try to answer your questions as quickly as possible. Again, we are sorry for any inconvenience these closings, cancellations, and postponements may cause, but we’ll all be glad when this is over that we erred on the side of caution.
Walk To Be Fit Program
One program that we feel comfortable continuing is Walk To Be Fit, but we will have to change the way we go about it. Since most of our distribution points (FNB Bank, the Wellness Center, the Health Department in Augusta, and the HCP&R office) are closed or on an appointment-only basis, you may not be able to register for the program as you have in the past. That doesn’t mean that you can’t participate.
Now that April 1 has come and gone, which is the official starting date for the program, just go ahead with your walking as you have in the past. If you want an official step-count sheet to record your miles, you can go to the home page on our website, hampshirecountyparks.com, and print one off, or you may simply record your steps on a sheet of paper you find around the house. Hold on to those step-count sheets until this emergency passes, and we’ll collect them then, or you may mail them to us at P.O. Box 213, Romney, WV 26757 if you want to get rid of them. We’ll worry about filling out the registration form at a later date as well. If you don’t have a pedometer, remember that 2,000 steps equal one mile, so just keep track of your steps in your head as you walk and record them when you finish for the day.
We will recognize four milestones this year: 100, 250, 500, and 1,000 miles. Prizes for 2020 will include sling backpacks, stadium blankets, coffee mugs, and portable chargers for your electronic devices.
Walking is great exercise on the path to a healthier lifestyle, and it’s recommended to help fight off the virus. What could be better than receiving some nice prizes for your efforts? That’s what Walk To Be Fit is all about.
New Conference Center at Hampshire Park
Work is steadily progressing on the new Conference Center at Hampshire Park. Financing has been secured from FNB Bank, and Appalachian Engineering Group from Meyersdale, PA, sent the floor plan last month. The HCP&R Board approved those floor plans, and AEG is now at work on the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC plans. Once we have those, work can begin work on the interior of the building.
The 6,600-square-foot conference center will be heated and air conditioned for year-round use and will be available for a variety of functions, including:
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.