Charleston City Parks
City of Charleston
Parks and Recreation
501 Virginia Street
E. Charleston, WV 25301
Enjoy Charleston City Parks
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
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
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.
Find a Place to Picnic
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
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.
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
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