Clarksburg’s Featured Park
Clarksburg’s largest entertainment park is located along Route 98 near the intersection of Route 19 and sits in conjunction with the West Virginia Veterans Affairs hospital. This 50 acre recreational park has much to offer and its latest addition is a 385,000 gallon water park that opened May 2013. Veterans Memorial Park offers the following features:
City Parks of Clarksburg Splash Zone – a 385,000 gallon water park that includes a lazy river, waterslides, a 25 meter competition pool and zero entry children’s play area as well as bath houses. This water park is great entertainment for kids and parents alike. There is simply no other facility in North Central West Virginia that compares to City Parks of Clarksburg Splash Zone. It will be the summer destination for swimming recreation!
Operating Hours: Sunday through Saturday – 12:00 Noon to 7:00 p.m.
Fun Passes are Available for discounted admission prices, concession stand goodies or for playing a round of golf at our River Bend Miniature Golf course. City Parks of Clarksburg Splash Zone aquatic facility is also available for private rental. Swimming Pool Tel: 304-624-1655 For more information, please visit our website at www.cityparksofclarksburg.com or call our office at 304-624-1655 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Clarksburg Amphitheater is a state-of-the-art facility located at the Veterans Memorial Park. The “AMP” (as it has become known) showcases bands, movies, plays and other forms of entertainment throughout the year. The City of Clarksburg Board of Park Commissioners wanted to provide residents and visitors with a facility where patrons could enjoy live entertainment in Clarksburg. Through funds from the City of Clarksburg Board of Park Commissioners, City of Clarksburg and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the amphitheater was built in 2009. The venue includes an elevated stage with a custom built curved roof, terrace and permanent and grandstand seating for 2,000, two dressing rooms, and a concession stand along with two restroom facilities.
Since opening in 2009, the AMP has been the site of many great performances. Notable past performers include, country artists Thompson Square, Gloriana and Jake Owen as well as classic rock band Kansas and America’s Got Talent winner, West Virginia’ own, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Additional artists include MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Chase Rice, Kidz Bop and Dustin Lynch. These concerts are the highlight of the amphitheater entertainment season.
In its 40th year, “Music in the Park” is our summer concert series. On select Thursday evenings throughout the summer months, patrons will be treated to a variety of musical performances. There is NO ADMISSION FEE and our concession stand is open to provide refreshments to enjoy while listening to awesome entertainment!
“Movies in the Park” is a free film series that began at the AMP in 2010. This popular event takes place on select Friday evenings throughout the summer months. We roll out and set-up our 25’ X 14’ inflatable movie screen to show family friendly movies at dusk (weather permitting). We offer refreshments at our concession stand for movie-goers’ enjoyment and, best of all, admission is FREE!
The amphitheater is also available for general public rental and you should consider the amphitheater for your next event.
For additional information or upcoming schedules of concerts and movies or rental rates, go to our wesite at www.clarksburgamp.com or call our office at (304)624-1655 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES OF VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
River Bend Miniature Golf and Amusement Building
River Bend Miniature Golf features an 18-hole, par 48 course and amusement facility. Follow all the twists and turns through waterfalls, fountains and across bridges for a family fun time!
Operating Hours: Sunday through Saturday – 12:00 Noon to 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Admission Prices: Adults ........ $3.00 Children ........ $2.00
Disc Golf Course
If miniature golf isn’t challenging enough for you, try our 9-hole Disc Golf Course. There is no fee to use the Disc Golf Course but you must bring your own Frisbee.
To fully enjoy the day, the Veterans Memorial Park has five shelters that available to rent for family reunions, picnics, graduations or whatever your gathering may be.
The Fireplace Shelter – is located behind the tennis courts and faces Splash Lagoon. It seats up to 150 people and has a grill and attached restroom facilities.
The Sycamore Shelter – also located behind the tennis courts and faces the parking lot beside our River Bend Miniature Golf Course. This seats up to 150 people and has a grill and attached restroom facilities.
The Osborn Shelter – is located on the upper parking lot on the right hand side. This shelter seats up to 400 people and has a grill and attached restroom facilities.
The Hilltop Shelter – is the smallest shelter located on the upper parking lot on the left hand side. This shelter seats 50 and has a grill and attached restroom facilities.
The Overlook Shelter – is located by the lower lot and playground. It seats 65 people and has a grill but no attached restroom facility. Restrooms can be found at the Fireplace and Sycamore shelters.Shelters are rented April through October.
Freedom Shelter - located to the left of the main entrance adjacent to the Splash Zone. It seats 400 people, equipped with a grill and detatched restroom facilities as well as parking and seclusion.
Reservations for shelters can be made online at www.cityparksofclarksburg.com or by phone at (304) 624-1655 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Additional Picnic Areas - There are several picnic tables, without shelters, located throughout the park. These picnic areas do not require reservations and are FREE OF CHARGE!
This is a beautifully landscaped part of Veterans Memorial Park with brick walkways, statues, private garden areas, wooden shelters, benches, trees and shrubbery. It was made possible by people who made contributions in honor of loved ones that have passed away as well as some generous corporate contributors. Memorial bricks, stones and plaques are placed throughout the gardens commemorating those loved ones. This is a relaxing environment to enjoy some solitude. It is also available for wedding ceremonies and an outstanding place for taking photographs.
Veterans Memorial Park has two lighted tennis courts available for your enjoyment. The tennis courts are available on a first come/first served basis and are available FREE OF CHARGE!
There are two pickleball courts located next to the tennis courts. Pickleball groups form during the spring and play well into the fall. Keep an eye on the LED board located at the entrance to the Splash Zone for more details.
You can perfect your skating skills at the skateboard park located at the lower parking lot area beside the baseball fields. The skateboard park is FREE OF CHARGE and is open during park hours (sunrise to sunset). Please skate responsibly. Helmets, knee and elbow pads are required.
The Clarksburg Dog Park, located at the lower parking area beside the baseball fields, is a fenced-in facility where dogs can run and socialize off-leash, legally and safely. The dog park is open during normal park hours (sunrise to sunset).
Patrons must clean-up after their pets and dispose of waste properly in provided receptacles. A doggy water fountain has been added for your pets enjoyment
Mayor’s Fitness Trail
The Mayor’s Fitness Trail is a 1.5 mile gravel trail that winds around the park. Whether you are taking a leisurely walk or a brisk jog, you will appreciate the scenic river views.
Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
Since 1950, Clarksburg is proud to be the home of the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. Named after Louis A. Johnson, Secretary of Defense under President Harry S. Truman. The VA Medical Center is located on a 16-acre site adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Park. The VA Medical Center serves a veteran population of approximately 70,000 veterans from 26 counties in North Central West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Approximately 800 staff and 500 regular volunteers serve the veterans with inpatient medicine, surgery, acute psychiatry, and transitional care at this 100 bed facility. Some 4,000 inpatient admissions are received annually.
In addition, a wide variety of outpatient treatment options are available in Clarksburg including primary and specialty care with the latest technology for ancillary and diagnostic capabilities, a Community& Rural Healthcare Program in Braxton, Wood, Tucker and Monongalia Counties, a Rural Mobile Clinic, Tele-Health/Care Coordination through the latest state-of the- art technology, and VA Transportation.
Recovery programs for substance abuse, Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), serious mental illnesses and other mental health disorders are managed through The V.A. Medical Centers participation in the Psychiatric Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program.
Veterans also have access to multiple community and non-institutional care programs such as community nursing home placements, community health and homemaker assistance. The Louis A. Johnson VA Healthcare System provides health care services to approximately 21,000 individual veterans with over 200,000 outpatient Primary Care and Subspecialty Care clinic visits annually.
Clarksburg is a family-oriented city that keeps its parks and neighborhood playgrounds in excellent condition to provide year-round enjoyment and recreation for both residents and visitors. There are three large city parks, a state park and a trail walk that offers families and individuals recreational opportunities that are active and healthy.
Clarksburg City Park
Located on Route 20 in the Nutter Fort area, this park is home to the “Frank Loria Memorial Baseball field”, one of the best facilities of its kind in West Virginia. It was named after Frank Loria, a Clarksburg native, who was killed in the fatal crash of an airliner carrying the Marshall University football team in 1970. Loria was a coach for the team.
This city park also houses an 18 hole miniature golf course, a softball field and three little league fields, a soccer field and several multi-purpose fields. It also has large play areas with multiple swings and slides, picnic shelters with grills, tennis courts, lighted basketball courts and volleyball courts.
The new play structure "Brother of Hope" playground was named in memory of two children who died in a car accident in the area. All equipment was donated.
This is a 58 acre park that overlooks the city of Clarksburg. Located off 2nd Street, just up-the-hill from Main Street Clarksburg, this park features Civil War history with trenches and earthworks that were constructed by the Union army to defend the city and its important railway. This park is great for walking and getting a magnificent view of the city while learning a little more about the Civil War.
This 532 acre historical park stands as a memorial to the pioneer spirit of Watters Smith, who settled here in 1796. Watters Smith, the son of Thomas Smith of England, was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1767. His father owned a 1,000 acre tract of land in Harrison County, then in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Watters Smith decided to purchase 112 acres of land adjoining his father’s land for a sum of $266 in 1792. The lingering threat of Indians postponed his land settlement until 1796.
The farm was operated as a business for four generations, and the implements used can be seen in the museums, barns and sheds. The farm now stands as a lasting tribute to a family that carved a life out of the wilderness – a view of life from 1796 to the early 1900s.
Features of the Park
Tour of the Grounds – Upon close inspection, the antiquity of the original farm buildings becomes clear. The outbuildings have been constructed of hand-hewn logs and lumber now grey with age. The logs are locked together with wooden pegs made in the carpentry shop, and the boards are fastened with nails forged in the blacksmith shop. The buildings are roofed with shingles handmade on a special “shaving horse” that may be seen in the visitors’ center. Structures on the grounds include the horse and cattle barn, the mill room, the corn crib, the hog pen, the smokehouse, the Smith residence, a food storage cellar, the woodworking shop, the blacksmith shop and a farm barn. The museum tour is open seasonally and guided tours are available. Group tours are also welcome.
Besides the historic farm tour, the park offers an activity building that can accommodate up to 60 people and can be reserved, plus recreational courts for volleyball and horseshoes are available for use. In addition, the area has a gift shop and hiking and biking trails.
The Watters Smith Memorial State Park may be reached by taking Exit 110 off interstate 79 (Lost Creek Exit) and following the directional signs to West Milford, and then left on Duck Creek Road (approximately 7 miles). Visitors traveling on U.S. Route 19 should turn off at West Milford and follow the signs three miles to the park.
For More Information – visit the website www.watterssmithstatepark.com or call (304) 745-3081
HARRISON COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION
43 RECREATION DRIVE (Rt. 19 S.) • Clarksburg, WV
Harrison County Parks and Recreation offers a variety of services throughout the year. We have many programs offered on a seasonal basis including enrichment programming, after school programs, summer playgrounds, instructional programs, youth sports leagues, special population sports, and family events.
H.C.P.R. sponsors and collaborates with Energy Express AmeriCorps to provide a summer reading program at 4 locations in Harrison County that helps West Virginia students grades 1 through 6 maintain or improve their reading level. This program runs consecutively with our 6 week Summer Playground program, currently available at 9 locations, which offers children ages 6 to 15 years an opportunity to interact with their peers in a fun, safe, productive, supervised environment. Activities include games, crafts, sports, special events and more. The program is Free.
Throughout the school year H.C.P.R. offers enrichment programs to area schools and organizations as an educational resource at no cost. Programing has included, but is not limited to, Christmas Around the World, Home Spun Appalachia, Medieval Times, Outdoor Adventures, Space & Science Encounters and our most popular Walking With Dinosaurs. Each enrichment has scheduled family days, so children can invite their family and friends to share their experience. Fall-Winter enrichment brochures outlining the upcoming season schedule are published and distributed between August and September.
The grounds feature a unique play trail geared to young families. In the summer 2017 H.C.P.R. completed Phase I of our new ADA- approved playground facility, designed to be an all-inclusive play area where children of all abilities can play and interact together in the least restrictive environment. Phase II, a Dinosaur theme play space, is slated to be completed in 2018. Our onsite 9-hole disc golf course is free to play and a great way to get some outdoor exercise.
Don’t miss the historical nature trail leading to the Poor Farm Cemetery. Two picnic shelters, a gazebo and a fire circle are also available to reserve for your outdoor events.
For more info on what we have to offer visit our website at hcparks.org or call 304-423-7800 during business hours Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
All programs and amenities are made possible by Harrison County Commission and the Vital Services Levy.
Ideal for hikers, bikers and horseback riders.
Clarksburg has an outstanding hiking and biking trail route that travels for five miles along a former railroad bed to the community of Lost Creek. With the trail head beginning at Veterans Memorial Park, near the skate park, this sand packed trail offers a scenic excursion that is excellent for hikers and bikers and also includes equestrian access.
Clarksburg Visitors’ Bureau
215 South Third Street, Ste. 101
Clarksburg WV. 26301
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