Downtown state park upgrades nearly complete

A long-awaited project to improve sidewalks, repair stone retaining walls and replace a bridge structure to reduce flooding in Berkeley Springs State Park is substantially complete.

Contractors hauled away their heavy equipment and removed fencing late last week ahead of the weekend snowstorm.

Park officials said there is still some cleanup and seeding work to do but the majority of the project is done now.

Visitors to the park can cross Warm Springs Run over a new pedestrian bridge near the public swimming pool, and follow new sidewalks on the north end of the park. A second bridge over the run was removed and won’t be replaced, according to park plans. Instead, visitors will use the Fairfax Street sidewalk to go over the roadway bridge in order to reach the springs area.


A new pedestrian bridge was installed late last week over Warm Springs Run in Berkeley Springs State Park, as one of the final steps in a park upgrade project. The arched bridge is higher than the former concrete structure, and is expected to reduce debris blockages during flooding events.
Visitors to Berkeley Springs State Park will follow a different flow to get across Warm Springs Run on the north end of the park. Upgrades to the park included repairs to stone walls, new sidewalks and a new bridge near the swimming pool. Contractors removed a concrete bridge in this area. photos by Kate Shunney
Contractors repaired crumbling masonry and replaced stones in retaining walls along Warm Springs Run in Berkeley Springs State Park. Masonry repairs are complete and a new bridge was installed last week.