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Urban Deer Archery Hunt

The City of Parkersburg will hold the annual Urban Deer Archery Hunt from September 09, 2017 to December 31, 2017 in Johnson T. Janes Park.  A total of 30 permits will be available through a draw, or lottery process.  Applications will be available starting August 10, 2017 at the Parkersburg Municipal Building on the fourth floor.  The draw will be held on August 17, 2017 in the second floor lobby at the Municipal Building at 5 pm.

First time participants will be required to take a proficiency test on Wednesday August 16 at 5pm.  The test consists of shooting five (5) arrows at a target 20 yards ground level, four (4) of which must be in the “kill zone” of the target.

A valid WV hunting license is required to receive a permit.  The hunt is archery only.  Contact the Public Works Department at 304/424-8559 with any questions.

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City of Parkersburg is awarded $3,000 from a WVDEP REAP Litter Control Grant!

Did you know that the City of Parkersburg operates the largest recycling center by a municipality in the State of West Virginia?

The City of Parkersburg operates a curbside recycling program for free to any interested citizen within the corporate limits of Parkersburg.  Recycle materials are picked up 5 days a week and is provided in conjunction with refuse pick-ups.  Our facility would not be possible without grant funds provided by West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan Grant Program.

This year, the City of Parkersburg was awarded a grant in the amount of $3,000 from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection REAP Litter Control Grant.  This matching grant will be used to purchase new 14-Gallon Recycling Bins for the city-wide recycling program.

If you are interested in starting to recycle and live within the City of Parkersburg, please contact the Sanitation Department at 304-424-8572 to get a recycling bin and start recycling today!

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Attention First-Time Homebuyers!

The City of Parkersburg, on behalf of the Wood County HOME Consortium administers the Single-Family Housing Opportunity Program (SHOP).

The Program assists households that are interested in purchasing a home in Wood County by reducing and delaying mortgage costs. Instead of financing the total cost of a home through a conventional bank for 30 years, the Consortium defers a portion of the debt until the lender is paid back in full or in 20 years, whichever comes first. After the first loan is paid back, the Consortium’s loan is due and must be repaid in 10 years.

The SHOP Program will provide up to $25,000 as a second mortgage on a house up to a maximum loan term of ten (10) years at a 3% rate of interest.

Basic Eligibility Requirements include:

  • Be a “first time” homebuyer [must not have previously owned a home in the last three (3) years].
  • The home to be purchased must be located within the corporate limits of Wood County, WV.
  • Meet the maximum income requirements based on family size [per HUD Section 8 Income Guidelines].

 

For more information about the SHOP and other Housing Programs check out our website here.

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Small Business Contest Application Deadline Extended

Do you or someone you know own a small business (less than two years) or have a great new business idea?  If so, consider participating in the 2nd Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council Launchpad Competition.  Applications are available online and will be accepted through Monday, July 31st.  The winning pitch will be awarded $5,000 to launch and/or expand their small business.   For more information, please click here.

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New Date set for Friendship Park Dedication and Block Party

The dedication and block party slated for Friendship Park will take place on Tuesday, July 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  If the event is postponed due to inclement weather, a rain date has been set for Thursday, July 20.  The festivities kick-off at 4 p.m. with comments from City officials.

In addition to light refreshments, families will have an opportunity to climb on board a fire truck and check out the City’s D.A.R.E. Car.  Volunteers will also be painting faces and helping young people with a wall art project.   All activities are free and open to the public.

A special thanks to the following sponsors for donating their time or supplies to the event:  Mister Bee’s Potato Chips, Crystal Café, Chick-fil-A, 7-11 Convenience Stores, Foodland, Kroger, Wood County Solid Waste Authority, Grants Rental, McGuffy Tents, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Lisa and Geoff Cullum, Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Parkersburg Art Center, Blennerhassett Hotel, Liberty Street Church of God and the City’s Public Works, Fire and Police Departments.

 

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Safe Routes to School Project Nearing Completion

Before the new school year begins students attending Franklin Elementary will be welcomed by new sidewalks to get to and from school safely. Construction along Division Street Ext. from Stewart Avenue to 19th Avenue is nearing completion. This will improve safety conditions for all travelers along this busy corridor.

This project was made possible through a $100,000 Safe Routes to School Grant through the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

 

                                                 

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Memorial Bridge Closed for Repairs

The Memorial Bridge will closed Monday, July 10 thru Sunday, July 23, 2017 for structural repairs, bridge deck overlay and toll booth replacement.    To see an alternative route map, please click here.

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Point Park Concert Moved to Parkersburg High School Field House

Due to inclement weather, tonight’s concert at Point Park has been moved to the Parkersburg High School Field House.  The concert starts at 8 p.m.  For more information, please visit www.downtownpkb.com.

 

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Attention Downtown Business Owners!

Did you know the City of Parkersburg Development Department operates a Downtown Façade Rehab Loan Program? The Façade Program is designed to encourage restoration and rehabilitation of commercial buildings in the Central Business District.

In an effort to spur economic development and increase investment in our downtown core, the City can finance HALF of the total rehab costs of street facing façade improvements up to $20,000! Loans are zero interest, deferred and the loan will even be forgiven if the building remains under the same ownership and repairs are maintained for 5 years.

For more information on this exciting opportunity check out the Community Development Page here.

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Come check out the new Basketball and Pickle-ball courts at City Park!

In case you missed it this week, the City of Parkersburg re-dedicated the Basketball and Pickle-ball courts and they are now open for all to use.  With three new Basketball courts and three new Pickle-ball courts, there is plenty of space to come shoot some hoops or learn how to play a new game.  For information on how to play Pickle-ball, check out the USA Pickle-ball Association’s (USAPA) website at www.usapa.org.  All the courts have new lighting fixtures, ADA water fountains, and all new benches and trash/recycling receptacles provided by the Wood County Solid Waste Authority.

The City of Parkersburg would like to thank the Spartan Foundation for their contribution to this project and all the City employees who worked hard to complete it.

 

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