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Charleston City Parks

West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulCity of Charleston
Parks and Recreation
501 Virginia Street
E. Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: 304-348-6860

Enjoy Charleston City Parks

BEST Places to PicnicCharleston is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Kanawha County. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 53,421, with its urban area having a population of 212,991, and its metropolitan area 309,632. 

However, the 2007 Census Estimate has Charleston with a population of 50,478, and a 2007 estimated metro area population of 303,950. It is the county seat of Kanawha County.

Early industry important to Charleston included salt and the first natural gas well. Later, coal became central to economic prosperity in the city and the surrounding area. Today, trade, utilities, government, medicine and education play the central role in the city's economy.

The first permanent settlement, Ft. Lee, was built in 1788. In 1791, Daniel Boone was a member of the Kanawha County Assembly.

Charleston is the home of the West Virginia Power (formerly the Charleston Alley Cats) minor league baseball team, the West Virginia Wild minor league basketball team, and the annual 15-mile Charleston Distance Run. Yeager Airport and the University of Charleston are also located in the city.

Charleston is also home to the 130th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard.

The city also contains public parks, such as Cato Park and Coonskin Park, and the Kanawha State Forest, a large public state park that sustains a pool, camping sites, several biking/walking trails, picnic areas, as well as several shelters provided for recreational use.

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Haddad Riverfront Park
The newly-renovated levee is now an amphitheater with seating for 2,500 people. Located in downtown Charleston, this facility opened in the summer of 1995 and is available for public and private use. Haddad Riverfront Park is the perfect setting for boaters, as well as land lovers, for docking or just watching the boats go by! The park is available for public or private concerts, reunions, conferences and even weddings.

Magic Island
A picturesque park nestled at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers, Magic Island boasts a walking track and sand volleyball courts for Charleston residents. It�s also a romantic spot for picnics or for relaxing and soaking up the sunshine!

Daniel Boone Roadside Park
Visitors to this historic area along Kanawha Boulevard East are treated to a scenic view of the Kanawha River. The park offers a boat ramp and picnic area for the enjoyment of everyone. Visitors can view the Kanawha Valley of yesteryear at the Ruffner Log Cabin and the Craik-Patton House, both of which are located at the park. Daniel Boone is now the home of a beautiful holiday light show during the month of December.

Cato Park
Tucked away on the city�s West Side, this park may be one of the best kept secrets of the city. Cato is home to an olympic-size swimming pool, a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts and several picnic areas.

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