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Wheeling, WV City Parks

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West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulWheeling is a city in Marshall and Ohio counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Most of the city lies in Ohio County, for which it is the county seat. Wheeling is considered part of the Pittsburgh Tri-State area and is the principal city of the Wheeling Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 31,419 (31,059 in Ohio County, 360 in Marshall County). The population was estimated at 29,101 in 2007.

BEST Places to PicnicWheeling was originally a settlement in the British Colony of Virginia and later an important city in the Commonwealth of Virginia until 1861 when the western counties of Virginia seceded from the state. Wheeling was the location of the Wheeling Convention, which established the state of West Virginia, and was the first capital of West Virginia. 

The capital moved so often in its early years that it was nicknamed the "floating capital". In 1870, the State Legislature designated Charleston as the capital city. In 1875, the Legislature reversed their decision and voted to return the Capital to Wheeling. This was appealed by the citizens of Charleston and finally settled by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in favor of Wheeling. 

In 1877 the Legislature ordered an election to be held for the citizens of West Virginia to select a permanent location for the capital, choosing between Charleston, Martinsburg and Clarksburg. By proclamation of the governor, the official move took place eight years later, and in 1885 the capital moved from Wheeling to Charleston, where it has remained.

Parks and Recreation

Looking for recreational opportunity? Oglebay Park and Resort Center remains the nation�s model municipal park and continues to offer outstanding recreational opportunity to both residents and visitors. Its Festival of Lights attracts a million visitors annually. Its growing flower displays will soon surpass the Festival of Lights. 

Swimming, tennis, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, skiing and fishing will augment your visits to the museums, shops, conference and special events centers, and outdoor summer entertainment series. Two professional golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones and Arnold Palmer are in addition to the Crispin Center golf course and a par three course.

Wheeling Park and 35 neighborhood playgrounds and ball fields dot the city.

Our paved trail system which is the region�s largest and our state�s largest urban system has 24 miles already constructed for walkers, joggers, cyclists and roller bladers. Additional miles are funded and in design stages.

What about cultural, ethnic and religious diversity? The Wheeling area boasts one of the broadest ethnic, cultural and religiously diverse regions in the nation, with numerous descendants of and current immigrants from, western Europe, Asia and Africa. Churches, temples, and cultural centers abound.

Oglebay Institute is the nation's oldest cultural and arts institution, with activities on three campuses ranging from visual and fine arts, performing arts and traveling exhibits.

The Wheeling Symphony is a metropolitan class orchestra, with 35 performances annually. Jamboree USA welcomes residents and visitors to weekly shows by top country music artists. The OVations Youth Orchestra was one of two of our nation�s youth symphonies to participate in an international youth festival in Australia. Plans are in the works for a tour of Europe.

Wheeling Park
1801 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 243-4000
The Wheeling Park Commission, a West Virginia Corporation, was created by an act of the legislature of the State of West Virginia on March 5, 1935, for the purpose of managing the parks of the City of Wheeling. The state statute provides that the Commission shall have all and sole power necessary, convenient and advisable for the proper care, equipment and management of the parks and shall make such rules and regulations as it deems expedient for the care and management of the parks.

The Commission consists of five members who are citizens of the City of Wheeling and serve without compensation. Members of the Commission are appointed by either the Board of Directors of the Wheeling Chambers of Commerce or by the City Manager. For more information regarding the Park Commission or the City's park system, please contact the administrative offices of Oglebay Park at (304) 243-4000.

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