Current Programs

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!

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.

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 the 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:

  1. 4-H Camp

  2. Weddings

  3. Wedding Receptions

  4. Business Meetings

  5. Business Conferences

  6. Family Reunions

  7. Birthday Parties

  8. Baby Showers

  9. Retreats

  10. Camps for Organizations

  11. Anniversary Celebrations

  12. Craft Shows

  13. Class Reunions

  14. Holiday Celebrations

  15. 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.

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

Since golf courses are now open for business, the HCP&R Board decided to go ahead with the Gary Crane Cup Golf Program for this summer. The first qualifier will be held on Tuesday, June 16, at the Highlands Golf Course at Fisher Mountain in Franklin. The cost for 18 holes of golf with a cart is just $25, and the first tee times will begin at 1:00 pm.

We shortened the program to four qualifiers this year. If you’re interested in joining the group, the format for the competition will be the same as in previous years. Those wishing to compete for the Cup must play in at least two of the four 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.

The remaining schedule for our qualifiers will be as follows: July 9- The Pines in Morgantown; August 4- Locust Hill in Charles Town; September 1- 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 one of the area’s best golf courses. Now that’s a deal I know you don’t want to miss!

Walk To Be Fit Program

Another 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.

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 a 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.

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