Current Programs

New Conference Center
at Hampshire Park

Work is progressing nicely on the new Conference Center at Hampshire Park. L&T Electric and D&D Plumbing have completed their preliminary work, and Blue Ridge Concrete Services poured and finished the concrete on the front porch and the interior of the building. Mark Roomsburg from Roomsburg Homes, LLC, completed the framing, and Dave Watts finished the preliminary work on the HVAC system. Thomas Lear from Mountaineer Insulation installed the insulation in the walls and the ceiling, and Dan Sweitzer from 3 D’s Drywall put up the drywall and finished it. The interior painting is completed, and work on the interior trim and the drop ceilings in the main dining hall, the kitchen, and the conference room is now progressing.

 

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:

  1. 4-H Camp

  2. Weddings

  3. Wedding Receptions

  4. Baby Showers

  5. Business Meetings

  6. Business Conferences

  7. Family Reunions

  8. Birthday Parties

  9. Retreats

  10. Camps for Organizations

  11. Anniversary Celebrations

  12. Craft Shows

  13. Class Reunions

  14. Picnics

 

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 hampshirecoparks@hotmail.com.

KETTLEBELL CLASSES

HCP&R is offering Kettlebell classes four days a week, on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 until 4:00, and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 6:00 until 7:00. All classes are now being held at Warrior Fitness, which is located at 60 East Sioux Lane in Romney.  Kettlebells are cast iron weights shaped like a ball with a handle for easy gripping. Kettlebells offer a different kind of training using dynamic moves targeting almost every aspect of fitness – endurance, strength, balance, agility and cardio endurance. People love it because it’s challenging, efficient, and you only need one piece of equipment. Kettlebell classes are taught by certified instructors Kaleena Wilfong and Camilla Fout. The cost for Kettlebell classes is $5 per session, or for $20 you may purchase a punch card that is good for five sessions. Also, we are now selling a monthly card for $50. Even if you’ve never tried Kettlebell before, come on out and see what it’s all about. Mark your calendars today so you don’t miss a chance to get some exercise while having a great time with your friends.

Walk To Be Fit Program

Walk To Be Fit begins again on April 1, 2021. To register for the program, just stop by any FNB Bank Branch (Fort Ashby, Romney, Hampshire Square, or Capon Bridge), the Hampshire Wellness and Fitness Center at Hampshire Square, or the Hampshire County Health Department in Augusta. When you register, don’t forget to pick up your free pedometer and your tally sheet to log the miles that you walk.

We will recognize four milestones this year: 100, 250, 500, and 1,000 miles. When you reach one of those milestones, or when your tally sheet is filled, just return it to the location where you picked it up, and we will contact you when you are eligible for a prize.

Walking is great exercise on the path to a healthier lifestyle, and what could be better than receiving some nice prizes for your efforts? That’s what Walk To Be Fit is all about.

DISC GOLF COURSE AT CAMP WALKER

The conditions at the Camp Walker Disc Golf Course are ideal. The trees are out, the weather is starting to warm up, and the course is in great shape. We re-painted the tee marker posts for each hole and cleared some fallen branches that had accumulated over the winter and spring. We also re-stocked the scorecards, pencils, and course maps, all of which can be found in the mailbox beside the first tee. The first tee is located on the flat ground out past the pavilion, where the road turns to the left and starts down over the hill toward the exit to the park. If you’re looking for a disc to play at Camp Walker, then we have several options for you. We have Skeeters, which are all-purpose discs that are suitable for every shot, for sale in the HCP&R office for just $7.00 each. We also have commemorative glow-in-the-dark drivers and putters that have the official Camp Walker logo on them for $15.00 each. All proceeds from the sale of these discs go for improvements to the course. If you haven’t been out to Camp Walker to play the course, you really need to take an hour or so and try it. I feel certain that you will find disc golf both physically and mentally challenging. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to spend some time in one of the prettiest spots in Hampshire County. And it’s free to play. How can you pass that up?

THE HAMPSHIRE STRIDERS

The Hampshire Striders, a new athletic club designed to promote cross country and track and field, is currently holding membership registrations. The club will be a member of the United States Track and Field organization, and members will have the opportunity to compete in local, state, and national USATF events. The club is open to all males and females from third grade through adults, and members will practice at least once a week during the winter months, depending on weather conditions, and two to three times per week the rest of the year. In order to compete with the Striders, you must be a member of the USATF. To register for the USATF, log onto the HCP&R website and click on the Upcoming Events tab. Then click on the USATF Registration tab, which will link you to the registration form. For more information about the Striders, contact Coach Bill Lipps at (304) 822-3724 or HCP&R at (304) 822-7300.

 

Gary Crane Cup Golf

The pursuit of the Gray Crane Cup for 2021 begins this Tuesday, April 6, when we travel to Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs for the first of our six qualifiers. The cost for 18 holes of golf with a cart will be just $20, and the first tee times begin at 1:00 p.m.

The format for the competition will be the same as previous years. Those wishing to compete for the Cup must play in at least three of the six qualifiers and turn in their scorecards to the pro shop after the round. From those scores, a handicap will be tabulated and applied at the Final Round, which will be held at Capon Springs Resort in October. Both a gross and a net champion will be crowned at the Final Round. Carrol Link (gross) and Glen Spaid (net) are the defending champions.

The rest of the outings have been tentatively scheduled as follows: May 11- The Woods; June 8- Franklin; July 15- The Pines in Morgantown; August 10- Snowshoe; September 14- Canaan.

Even if you’re not interested in competing for the Crane Cup, come on out and join us for a relaxing round of golf at a great price on some of the area’s premiere resort courses.

ADULT BASKETBALL OPEN GYM

For those of you who want to show off your basketball skills, check out our Sunday night Open Gyms on both ends of the county. Shane Hawkins is in charge of the program at the old Capon Bridge Middle School, and they play there from 5:00 until 8:00 every Sunday evening. Logan Hill and Joe Clower run the program at Romney Middle School, and they go from 6:00 until 8:00 each Sunday night. If you’re eighteen and over and out of school, drop by this Sunday and run with the big dogs!

Pavilion and Park Reservations

On Monday, January 4, HCP&R began taking pavilion and park reservations for the 2021 season. The rental season extends from April 15 through October 15. Before and after those dates, running water will not be available in any of our parks.

Pavilions for picnics, family reunions, or any other outdoor gathering may be rented at either Hampshire Park or Afton and Pauline Malick Central Hampshire Park. Prices for the entire day run from $35 to $45, depending on the size of the pavilion rented. You may also rent the amphitheater at Central Hampshire for only $55 per day. 

If you have a larger gathering, you may want to rent an entire park, either at Green Spring Park ($40 to $95, depending on facilities desired) or Camp Walker ($75 for the whole park the entire day, including the disc golf course). All our parks now have electric outlets, running water, and restroom facilities.

To rent a pavilion or park, or just to get more information, call the HCP&R office any weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at (304) 822-7300. We will also accept reservations via our email at hampshirecoparks@hotmail.com. Don’t forget to get your reservations in early so you don’t miss out on that special place for your picnic or outing.