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: the City of Martinsburg, the Berkeley County Commission, and the Berkeley County Board of Education.
The governing board for M-BC Parks & Recreation 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.
Under the direction of Steve Catlett for the past 30 years, the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board now has eleven full-time staff members, one permanent part-time employee, and a seasonal staff of over 150. Last year approximately 10,000 children participated in over 30 different instructional programs, summer camps, and leagues sponsored by Parks & Recreation. Other services include pavilion, Poor House Farm barn rental, pools for public swimming and private parties, mini-golf, and use of all facilities in all parks in Berkeley County. The Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center located in Lambert Park on Woodbury Avenue operates almost 18 hours a day with programs. The Recreation Center now includes a state-of-the art gymnastics facility, two gymnasiums in the original building, the Quad/Graphics gymnasium, and a multi-purpose wing for indoor soccer, volleyball, and private events.
Our administrative office is located in the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center in Lambert Park on Woodbury Avenue in Martinsburg.
“Parks and Recreation . . . the benefits are endless.”©
Click here to view the 2014 Budgetary Report.