Parks & Rec

Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston Parks and Recreation

As a department we are committed to bringing fun and enjoyable events and activities to the community. Our main goal is for a happy, healthy, active Charleston. We are dedicated to making our city a better place to live.
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Cato Park Trail Run 3 weeks ago

Over the past year our department has been adamant about improving and promoting our trails at Cato Park. We have done several events at Cato Park and Program Coordinator Kelsey Gilbert has done several guided trail hikes.

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Homework Buddies 3 months ago

Homework Buddies is a program at the North Charleston Community center. It was started by Program Coordinator Richard Clendenin, a former principal of Riverside High School in the Kanawha county school district.

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Cato Trail System 3 months ago

The Cato Park Trails are a beautiful wooded system woven throughout the property. We have found that, despite our efforts, very few people are aware that they have trails in their very backyard.

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Charleston Winter Series:

2017 - 2018 Winter Series

This is the 11th Year of the Winter Series races! The Winter Series is a great way to stay active during cold months. You have the option to run or walk the races which progress from a 5k to an 8k and then the final 10k. The course kicks off at the UC campus behind the UC Pharmacy school and follows flat, easy terrain down Kanawha Avenue and back to the starting point. Each race is $25 or $50 for all three races. The discounted price for students is $25 for all three races. A Winter Series Sweatshirt is included in this price for individuals that sign up for all three races. All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate.

To Register, download the form below and mail to:
ATTN: Winter Series
Cato Park
200 Baker Lane
Charleston, WV 25302
Make checks payable to "City of Charleston"

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Winter Series

Trail Info:

Neighborwoods Trail System

The Neighborwoods trails consist of local trails throughout the city. They can be found near Carriage Drive, Danner Meadow Park, Hamilton Place, and Cato Park. While on these trails please respect private property and stay on the marked trail. Be Safe and Enjoy!

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Roosevelt Center

Positive re-use of a beloved community school in an active neighborhood

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MLK Center

Martin Luther King Jr.

See our natural playground and boxing ring

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North Charleston

North Charleston

Outdoor basketball, softball and a dog park!

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Kanawha City

Kanawha City

Bring your family for Tennis!

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Cato Park

Cato Park

Come try our 9 hole golf course and foot golf course!

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Spring Hill

Recreation Areas

Get out and enjoy your City!

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