Upcoming Programs


Registrations are now being accepted for the Hampshire Mat Club, a youth wrestling organization supported by Hampshire County Parks and Recreation for boys and girls ages four-through-fifteen. The HMC teaches folkstyle wrestling, which is the same format used in high school and college wrestling. Wrestlers will be classified by both age and weight for competition. The Mat Club practices three nights per week until the matches begin and twice per week thereafter. HMC will once again compete in the Mason Dixon League, which features teams from the surrounding West Virginia and Virginia area, and tournaments in that league will be held on weekends during December, January, and February. The Club will also attend other tourneys around the area, including state competitions. The registration fee for the Hampshire Mat Club is $25. To register, log onto our website, hampshirecountyparks.com, and fill out the Program Registration Form, which is located at the bottom of the home page. The registration fee may then be mailed to HCP&R at P.O. Box 213, Romney, WV 26757. You may also register in person at the HCP&R Office at 90 North High Street in Romney any weekday between 9:00 and 1:00.



Our sixth annual Christmas Festival of Lights will kick off with the Lighting Ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, November 24, at 5:00 p.m. at the amphitheater at Afton and Pauline Malick Central Hampshire Park. The Festival will run through January 1 and will be open daily from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. We will serve coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies free of charge to all who attend the Lighting Ceremony, and Santa will be there to greet the kids of all ages. And you kids need to remember to bring an ornament to help decorate the official Festival of Lights Christmas Tree. Through the generosity of the Hampshire County Commission, the HCP&R Board, and many businesses and individuals throughout the area, the Festival has exploded over the past five years. We have grown from 24 light displays in 2013 to over 200 displays this year. New features for 2018 include a greeting sign on Route 50 near the entrance to the park and a 14-foot lighted Christmas tree in the field above the amphitheater. Also, don’t forget about our great musical display. When you enter the park, simply tune your car or truck radio to a specific frequency and then watch our musical display flash to the beat of some of your favorite Christmas tunes, which will be playing through your radio. And the best part is that you can enjoy the lights from the warmth and comfort of your own vehicle free of charge. Mark your calendars right now so you don’t miss this special Christmas tradition.




A little over a year ago, HCP&R entered into an agreement with the Hampshire County Board of Education to lease the gym, cafeteria, and four classrooms at Old Capon Bridge Middle School. Over the past year, we have spent considerable time and money on improvements to the facility. Those improvements include new floor tiles in the boys’ dressing room, re-finishing the gymnasium floor, installing new LED lights in the gym and a single switch on the wall to turn them on, installing new floor and ceiling tiles in the cafeteria, painting the cafeteria, purchasing enough tables and chairs to accommodate 164 people in the cafeteria, purchasing new appliances for the home economics room, installing a new door and a keypad lock on the main entrance to the gym, employing a cleaning service to clean the entire facility, and installing a surveillance system for both the gym and the cafeteria. The HCP&R Board has worked hard to make OCBMS a first-class facility, and we are now ready to offer it to the public. If you would like to reserve the gym for basketball, volleyball, birthday parties, or any other indoor activity, it is now available for rent at $25 per hour. If you would like to rent the cafeteria and the home economics room, which has a refrigerator, two stoves, ample counter space, and two sinks, those two are available for one price of $35 per hour. The cafeteria is perfect for meetings, reunions, receptions, and community gatherings. To rent these facilities, call us at (304) 822-7300, or email us at hampshirecoparks@hotmail.com. Get your reservation in early so you don’t miss this chance to hold your event in our newly renovated facilities.


Hampshire County Parks and Recreation has once again entered into an agreement with King’s Dominion to offer discount tickets to the park for the coming summer. These are any-time tickets that are good for admittance to the park any day that it is open. The park opened on April 1 for the 2018 season and will remain open until October 28. The price for each ticket is $37.50, which is a considerable savings from the normal $68 admission price. These tickets can be purchased at the HCP&R Office at 90 North High Street in Romney any weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. If you can’t make it to the office, give us a call at (304) 822-7300 or email us at hampshirecoparks@hotmail.com, and we’ll make arrangements to get your tickets to you. If you’re planning a family or group outing to King’s Dominion this summer, this is a deal that you can’t afford to pass up.




On Tuesday, January 2, HCP&R began taking pavilion and park reservations for the 2018 season. The rental season extends from April 15 through October 15, 2018. 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 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). 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, or you may stop by the office at 90 North High Street in Romney during those hours. We will also accept reservations via our email address 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.