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Communities Close Parks And Walking Areas

By Staff | Apr 15, 2020

Paden City Park

Governor Jim Justice, early last week ordered all West Virginia State Parks and campgrounds closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Soon after, New Martinsville, Paden City, and Sistersville also followed suit and ordered the city parks closed to the public.

Sistersville and Paden City both included their popular walking trails, leaving residents with few options to enjoy the outdoors.

Many resident used the walking trails for their daily exercise and to walk their pets. Now most have taken to the street and sidewalks as an alternative to continue their routine.

While Paden City Mayor Clyde Hochstrasser last week declared, “I closed the park today (Wednesday) until further notice.” He said the decision was to help slow the infectious disease that has already claimed lives in the state. “I got some people that would like to see the walking trail open,” said Hochstrasser. He said he might rethink it, but was not sure yet.

New Martinsville city hall put out the following notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “the parking lots on Hydro Road (Howard Jeffers Drive) will be closed until further notice.”

Large gatherings are not permitted at this time. Fishing is encouraged, however, please continue to follow the CDC recommendations of staying at least six feet apart from one another.

The City of New Martinsville is closely following the guidelines issued by federal and state authorities to reduce the virus’s spread.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the City of New Martinsville’s parks, playgrounds, and facilities are closed.

The parks include Brooklyn Park, Bruce Park, Lewis Wetzel Park, First Responder Park, Marina, Snyder Ball Fields, the Lincoln Theater, and the airport area.

All playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters, dog parks, boat docks, baseball/softball fields, restrooms, pond, and any additional facilities located in our parks are closed.

All special events, youth and adult sports are also suspended during this time.

Sistersville Mayor Bill Rice also announced the closure of their park and signs were put up to keep people off the walking trails.