MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board received an early Christmas gift last month.

Executive Director Steve Catlett said on MetroNews affiliate WEPM’s “The Rec Report”, which airs Saturday mornings at 8, they received an anonymous donation worth $30,000 on Christmas Eve. That money will go toward replacing the tennis courts at P.O. Faulkner Park.

Catlett said the plan is to secure more funds, donations and private money for the courts before going before the city, the Berkeley County Council and Board of Education.

If so, Catlett said construction could begin as soon as this spring.

“All new asphalt. Hopefully all new fencing. All new color, painted lines, nets, posts, the whole sha-bang. If we’re able to pull this off then, hopefully it will be there for the next 30 years.”

The over 35-year-old courts at Faulkner Park are open to the community. They also serve as the home courts for the Martinsburg High School Tennis team.

“It’s vital for their interests, but there’s a whole lot of people in the community that goes there as well. In our whole entire public park system, we only have six tennis courts. We have two at War Memorial (Park) and four at P.O. Faulkner (Park).”

P.O. Faulkner Park is located along Sycamore Street in the State Circle area of Martinsburg.

Story by WEPM’s Elias McMillan

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