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Arbor Day Celebration Slated

On May 1st, 2017, the Wood County Technical Center will host the 20th Annual Arbor Day Celebration for Parkersburg, West Virginia.  The celebration will kick-off at 12:30 p.m. with the planting of the tree by the students of the Agriculture Program at the Wood County Technical Center.

This year, the Parkersburg Tree Commission has asked the students of the Agriculture Program to participate in the annual Big Tree Contest.  During the event, the City of Parkersburg will be presented with the Official Tree City USA designation for the 19th year and there will be a special live performance from the Parkersburg South High School Jazz Band.

Parkersburg, WV was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  The City of Parkersburg has been recognized as a Tree City USA Community for the last 19 years.

Parkersburg achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation.  “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained.  They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.


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4th Grade Foresters Project Engages Students

West Virginia Arbor Day will be celebrated on April 28th. To celebrate, every Fourth Grader at every Parkersburg Elementary School will be receiving one tree to take home and plant for Arbor Day.

Each fourth grader will receive an individually packaged 12”-18” tree seedling. Each package will include information about planting and care instructions. Seedlings will be distributed to Parkersburg Elementary Schools on April 27th.
The goal of this project is to help revitalize a remarkable idea – observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. This program is sponsored by the Parkersburg Tree Commission.


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Construction to start on Friendship Park Enhancement Project

Construction at Friendship Park, located at 427 13th Street is slated to begin on April 11, 2017.  Improvements include the installation of a new three rail steel fence and rubber mulch in the playground. Additionally, to increase the park’s visibility and enhance the user’s experience, landscaping features will also be stationed throughout the park. Work will start each day no earlier than 7:30AM and finish by 5:00PM. Construction should conclude by April 28, 2017. During all construction, the park will be closed to the general public.

Funding for this project is made possible by The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program, which is administered by the City of Parkersburg Development Department.

For questions regarding the construction schedule, please contact the Development Department at 304.424.8452.


Ryan Barber

Development Projects Administrator

City of Parkersburg

P: 304.424.8542



Rickie Yeager, AICP

Development Director

City of Parkersburg

P: 304.424.8415



Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries!

It’s that time of year again! Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries! Daylight saving time will begin at 2:00am on Sunday, March 12th. For 29 years, Energizer has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs to keep families safe through the Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries program. During this time, fire departments work to remind people of the simple, life saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks forward for daylight saving time. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

Tips about smoke alarms:
• Have a working smoke alarm on every level and in every bedroom of the home.
• Test the smoke alarms at least once a month.
• Replace the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight saving time.
• Replace smoke alarms after 10 years from the manufacturers date.
If you need assistance with changing the batteries in your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector, don’t hesitate to call the fire department. To schedule battery replacements, Parkersburg residents should call the fire chief’s office at (304) 424-8470.

If you do not have smoke alarms in your home, the Parkersburg Fire Department has a free smoke alarm program available to qualifying residents of Parkersburg. Through grants, smoke alarms are available for installation – free of charge. To see if you qualify for free smoke alarms, please contact the Parkersburg Fire Department at (304) 424-8470 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm.



Notice of Funding Availability for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Program Year 2017-2018

The City of Parkersburg’s Development Department is now accepting applications for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) HOME Programs.  These Federally-funded programs are used by the City of Parkersburg, and throughout Wood County to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and the expansion of economic opportunities primarily for families and individuals with low and moderate incomes.

 To be considered for funding, all applications and any supplemental materials must be submitted to the Development Department no later than 4:00pm, March 17, 2017.  Applications should be addressed to the following attention:  Ryan Barber, Development Projects Administrator, One Government Square, P.O. Box 1627, Parkersburg, WV 26102 For more information or to download an application, please visit the City’s website; or call 304.424.8452

All applicants are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the appropriate development department staff person prior to submitting an application to receive a general overview of the guidelines and receive feedback regarding their potential application.  To schedule an appointment, please call 304.424.8519.

The City is required to prepare and submit a One Year Annual Action Plan (AAP) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development each year.  The AAP provides detailed information on all activities that the City will fund with CDBG and HOME funds for the 2017-2018 program year. The City will hold public hearings on the proposed One Year Annual Action Plan during the month of April/May 2017. Once approved by Parkersburg City Council, the AAP will be submitted to HUD in May/June 2017.

For more information about this Notice of Funding Availability for the CDBG/HOME Programs, please contact;


Ryan Barber

Development Projects Administrator

(304) 424-8452


Winterfest 2016 Activities Set for Saturday

Join us on Saturday, December 10 as we celebrate the holiday season in downtown Parkersburg.  The Christmas Parade steps off along Market Street at 2 p.m.  After that, plan to stay downtown and enjoy one of several activities planned for Winterfest 2016.  Winterfest will conclude at 7 p.m. with the City’s Christmas Tree Lightning Ceremony and fireworks display set to holiday music by Zambelli International at Bicentennial Park.  For a complete list of activities, as well as shopping and dining opportunities, please click here.


Christmas Parade Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2016 Parkersburg Christmas Parade are now available.  Please click the following link for more information and to download an application form: 2016-parkersburg-christmas-parade-application.

The Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10 in downtown Parkersburg.


Fairplains Elementary Walk and Bike to School Day

The City of Parkersburg was happy to join Fairplains Elementary School in their Walk and Bike to School Day. As a sidewalk construction project along the neighborhood draws to a close, students and faculty chose to honor several members of the City’s Public Works staff as their “Everyday Heroes” which is a campaign part of the Schools larger 2016 theme of ‘Heroes Among Us’.

This infrastructure project was made possible through a $100,000 Safe Routes to School Grant through the West Virginia Department of Transportation.  Students are also seen proudly showing off their brand new T-shirts before receiving new backpacks, umbrellas and bicycle helmets purchased through the grant. Thanks for having us Fairplains!





Ribbon Cutting for Southwood Park Playground Expansion Project

The City of Parkersburg is excited to announce the completion of the Southwood Park Playground Expansion Project.  To mark this occasion, the City will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, October 14th at 10 a.m.  This event is open to the public.


The amount of play area and equipment at Southwood Park has doubled in size as a result of this project.  New features include a playhouse, activity center and rockwall.  Other notable improvements include the installation of a new drainage system around the playground, protective barriers and mulch.


This project was made possible in part by a matching grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund administered through the West Virginia Development Office.


What: Southwood Park Playground Expansion Ribbon Cutting

When: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10:00am

Where: Southwood Park, 1700 Belmont Avenue Parkersburg



City of Parkersburg Government – Closed Monday

The City of Parkersburg’s government offices & some services will be closed on Monday, 10/10, in observance of Columbus Day.  Trash pickup WILL still run on Monday.