WELLSBURG - Those ready for some summer fun are encouraged to visit Brooke Hills Park this weekend for the opening of its summer season.
Janice McFadden, the park's manager, said while the recent rainy weather has prevented park staff from completing preparations for the park's swimming pool, its miniature golf course, paddleboats and other attractions will be open from noon to 7 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday, and each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the summer.
McFadden said the miniature golf course is not staffed on weekdays but visitors wanting to use it then need only inquire at the park's clubhouse.
She added she hopes the pool can be repainted and filled in time for next weekend.
The park's golf course already has opened, with hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day established until the rainy season is done and some night golfing is possible.
McFadden said the park has added a new monthly event - the Brooke Hills Park Trifecta, which brings together three of its more popular special events: a mud bog, flea market and free concert.
The combo will be held on the second Saturday of each month. The next one, on June 11, will begin with the mud bog at 1 p.m., flea market from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and free concert featuring acoustic guitarist Nate Smith at 8 p.m.
In mud bogs, four-wheel-drive vehicles compete to travel farthest through a thick mud pit. Admission to it is $5.
McFadden said the park seeks buyers for the flea market. The cost is $5 per table. For information, call (304) 737-1236.
The park manager said the park also will be celebrating West Virginia Day and Fathers Day on June 19 with a classic car show. There also will be discounts to the park's 18-hole golf course for fathers that day.
The park continues to offer a 20 percent discount on golf passes and $10 discount on family pool and miniature golf passes. Regular admission to the pool is $2.50 for children 12 and under and $3.50 for adults and teens. Admission to the miniature golf course is $3.50 for children 12 and under and $4.50 for adults and teens.
McFadden added some smaller shelters at the park are still available for rental for those planning family reunions, church picnics or other events.
The Brooke County Park and Recreation Commission, which oversees the park, has tried to make the park a family-friendly place.
Day camps with a variety of outdoor activities for young children, will be held the weeks of June 20-24 and July 25-29. Half-day camps for children in kindergarten and first grade are $35, and full-day camps for children in grades 2-4 are $75.
The park also observes National Kids Day, which is Aug. 7 this year, with free hot dogs and drinks, music by a disc jockey, the Duck Pluck event, in which plastic ducks are pulled from the park's baby pool to determine the winners of prizes; and the cardboard boat race.
The latter event challenges teams of children and adults to create a floatable watercraft using cardboard and duct tape supplied by the park.
McFadden said while the park has signed a lease agreement allowing Chesapeake Energy to drill for natural gas at the rear of the park, permits for the work haven't been approved yet and the drilling may not begin for several months.
For information about the park's attractions and events, call (304) 737-1236 or visit www.brookehillspark.com.
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