The 35th June Jubilee

🎈The 35TH JUNE JUBILEE was held this past Sunday (June 11th) and it was a great crowd and perfect weather! Hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds!) of people, came to War Memorial Park throughout the day to take part in the different activities, vendors and fun. The Big K’s Car Show (hosted by the Hopper’s Auto Club) had a record number of participants with just under 190 car entries! We want to thank everyone for bringing their family and friends making the event such a success. We also want to thank staff, the many vendors and participants. 📸 Here are some photos from the day.

Once again, a round of applause and thank you to our June Jubilee sponsors!

👏 Big K’s Towing, Body Shop & Hauling

👏 Parsons Ford

👏 CMA Toyota of Martinsburg

👏 CMA Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Martinsburg

👏 All-State, Gary Kelley Insurance

👏 Roach Energy/ROCS Local Market

👏 Farmers & Mechanics Insurance

👏 Keller Williams Premier Realty – The Larimore Team

👏 Eric Gates, State Farm Insurance

👏 Dawn Newland, State Farm Insurance

👏 Kay Lewis, State Farm Insurance

👏 PCT (Patient Care Transportation)

👏 AbbaCare Pregnancy Resource Center

👏 WV Army National Guard

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Outdoor Movie Nights Are Back!

🎞️ We are excited to offer OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHTS back at Poor House Farm Park. These are FREE to attend and open to all. Bring some chairs or a blanket and claim your spot on the grass with family and friends!

📽️ Friday, June 30th: Despicable Me

📽️ Friday, July 21st: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

📽️ Friday, August 11th: The Super Mario Brothers Movie

📍 Poor House Farm Park (233 Almshouse Rd., Martinsburg)

⏰Movies will begin at 8:45pm

🍿 We will have concessions available for purchase (cash only, please) or you can bring your own snacks or even a picnic dinner.

Gateway Children’s Garden – Now Open!

🌼🦋🐛 Exciting news! The Gateway Children’s Garden at Ambrose Park will reopen starting MONDAY, JUNE 12TH! There is NO FEE to explore this amazing outdoor facility. The Children’s Garden will be open from June 12 – August 11, 2023 on the schedule below. ⬇️
📅 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm
📅 Monday & Wednesday, 5:00pm-8:00pm
📅 Fridays, 5:00pm-8:00pm ONLY ON THESE DATES: June 23, July 7, July 21 & August 4
📅 Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm ONLY ON THESE DATES: June 17, July 1, July 15 & July 29
📍Ambrose Park off Mall Drive in Martinsburg, WV
ℹ️ Free

🌻 The Potomac Audubon Society will host their Nature in the Neighborhood program held during open hours at the Children’s Garden on Tuesday, August 8th & Wednesday, August 9th. More details on this coming soon.

New War Memorial Park Mini-Golf Course

‼️🙌The new greens at the War Memorial Park mini-golf course have been installed today, so the course will reopen tomorrow at 11:00am. It’s a great weather week for a round or two of putt-putt with family or friends. ⛳️

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Announces New Nature Trails

Martinsburg, WV (May 26, 2023 The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation (MBCPR) department brings new trails to Poor House Farm Park.

The MBCPR has been working diligently to grow and develop the programs and parks in the Berkeley County area. Most recently, they have completed the addition of new trails at Poor House Farm Park. There are two new trails, one close to the lake and the other near the football field, both are marked with orange paint for easy identification. The first trail spans .75 miles, while the second boasts two loops and 1.25 miles of walkable space. With views of North Mountain, Tuscarora Creek, forest areas, and meadows, the new trails provide areas with sun and shade and are a direct response to community surveys that concluded citizens wanted more walking/running trails.

Executive Director, Bob Williams says, “It goes back to our community survey. One of the top 5 things people wanted to see in our community was more nature trails.”

“We’re really excited to provide what people are seeking,” Williams continues.

Poor House Farm Park is located on Poor House Rd, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

See MBCPR’s Master Plan for More Information on Upcoming Development

To see all the plans for MBCPR visit, MBCPR-1.3.2022_FINAL_19DEC2022_Single-Page-Layout.pdf (


Media Contact:                                   

Moises Mendoza          

(304) 283-1774

War Memorial Park (New Playground Update)

War Memorial Park became a public space in 1947 in remembrance of those who served in World War II. Since its inception, many updates and changes have been made to make the space one of the most visited in the county. Over the course of many years, community members have donated and worked to maintain the park. The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation (MBCPR) department is dedicated to continuing the long legacy of improvements as the area continues to grow in population so that the diverse members of the Berkeley County community can enjoy all the beauty and amenities that the park has to offer.

On May 3rd, 2023, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place to commemorate the newest enhancement to the park, a playground with new equipment, including hangers, rope climbers, slides, benches, fresh mulching, and canopy-style shades-a perfect addition as we propel into the summer months.

Bob Williams, MBCPR Executive Director shares, “It’s really exciting to have a new playground, the community hasn’t had one in quite a while.”

Williams is anticipating a great turnout for the weekend, “We can’t wait to see how many people come out this weekend, on one of the warmer, drier weekends we’ve had in a couple of weeks.”

The MBCPR is grateful for the Berkeley County Development Authority, the City of Martinsburg, and the MBCPR Board for their major contributions to see the project to completion.

Rooney Park Update

The Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Department is excited to share the enhancements and additions that are coming to Rooney Park, located on Back Creek Valley Road in Hedgesville. The 17 acres at Rooney Park currently boast one large baseball field, one youth-sized field and a pavilion.

First, a new playground is being built below the already existing gazebo. This will be a great addition for Berkeley County residents with children. Also, the creation of new trails will give community members a new place to exercise and enjoy the beautiful scenery the park offers.

Improvements that have already been completed include two brand new dugouts and updates to the infields and some of the turf areas.

MBCPR Executive Director, Bob Williams is grateful to the community members who helped make the renovations stating,

            “Thanks to the volunteers who helped build the brand new dugouts.”

Williams is excited that the MBCPR can afford residents these new opportunities expressing,

            “We hope you (the Berkeley County community) will get to enjoy them soon.”

The MBCPR remains committed to improving the local parks and public spaces in the city and county to provide its citizens ample options for outdoor leisure and activities.

Letter From the Director – May 2023

Let’s Get Ready for Summer!

With only a few days away from Memorial Day and the unofficial start to summer, our thoughts turn toward warmer days, food on the grill, and time spent with friends and family.  Fortunately, we can help you with each one of those items.

Starting on Memorial Day, and going through Labor Day, the War Memorial and Lambert Pools will be open for your enjoyment.  There is something for everyone – we have open pool use, time slots for pool parties, swim lessons, and senior swim times.  At War Memorial Park, we also have mini-golf available during the summer.  The concession stands at each pool will have food, drinks and ice cream that will be sure to cool you off.

If you want to enjoy a nice meal outside, many of our park locations have pavilions, picnic tables, and shady spots which are perfect for a quick lunch or a weekend meal.  Whether with friends or going solo, parks are a perfect place to for that burger or sandwich.

And don’t forget that you can spend time with family and friends playing games, climbing on playgrounds, going for a walk, playing disc golf, or enjoying many of the other activities in our parks.  There is something for everyone this summer – June Jubilee will be on June 11 at War Memorial Park.  We will be holding our summer concert series, kicking it off with Cashmere on June 15.  There is a summer adventure day camp starting June 5 and it goes on for 10 weeks.

While you are out exploring, check out some of the new projects that we’ve been working on.  For starters, we’ve opened a new playground at War Memorial Park.  It is located between the pool and the Norwalk Pavilion, and has two towers and lots of climbing challenges.  Next, we head to Poor House Farm Park where we are opening two new walking trails to show off the new 70-acre property that was purchased last fall.  These trails go through meadows and along the Tuscarora Creek.  We also had volunteers plant around 40 trees here this past April, setting up a great legacy for the future.

We continue other work to continuously improve our programs and facilities.  We have purchased several inflatable games that will start showing up at events and programs.  This was through a generous grant from the Noon Rotary Club of Martinsburg.  We now have an inflatable screen so that we can have family movie nights throughout the year. 

Upcoming projects include a nature-based playground at Poor House Farm Park.  We are finalizing the design, and if everything works out, it should be ready to explore in early fall.  This will be an expansive climbing structure called a Jungle Dome, and a ride-on zip line.  We will also be breaking ground on a new park in Spring Mills which should be open this fall, and the entrance road in DuPont Soccer Complex is scheduled to be paved at the end of July.

There is so much to do this summer.  Make sure to schedule some time outside.  We will see you there.

Bob Williams, CPRP

Executive Director

Pop Up Programming Events Coming Soon!

📢 Pop-Up Programming Events coming soon!  Thank you to the Rotary Club of Martinsburg for the $5,000 grant to provide for the purchase of multiple inflatable games that we can bring to various functions – be it our own or those in our area that we are participating in – as well as planning special pop-up fun days throughout the park system.  These are a great way to get families outdoors and active while having a great time!

⛳️ Three-Hole Mini Golf

🎯 Soccer Darts

& more!

Watch for Pop-Up Activity dates!  We can tell you that we will have a few of these games at June Jubilee on Sunday, June 11th! 😁

War Memorial Park Update (April 18th)

🚧👷 War Memorial Park Playground MONDAY UPDATE: The work started this morning with pouring concrete! 🤗

📢 Just a reminder that if you or your business would like to sponsor a play feature to add to this area, please contact our Administrative Office at or at 304-264-4842.  You can use the link below to see what options are available ⬇️:


🟢 NOTE: Once construction is completed, the area will be cordoned off to allow the damaged grass areas to be reseeded and undisturbed for a period of time prior to public use. We will keep you posted on this as we get closer.

Funding for this project provided by: 

Berkeley County Development Authority

Martinsburg, West Virginia – City Hall

M-BC Parks & Recreation