Charles Black City Park will officially close on July 25th, the City Pool will also be closing on July 31st.

The greatly anticipated Charles Black City Park Renovation Project begins this Sunday, July 25th. The Park will officially close on Sunday until the completion of the project estimated to be Spring 2022.

The Park project will add restrooms, concession stands, all new tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, parking, lighting, walking trails, and a new playground area. The project, an estimated 3.8 million dollars, will completely change the layout and feel of the current park and modernize all facilities.

“This is a long time coming, our citizens have been waiting for this project for years and we’re exciting to get started.” says Mayor Billy Phelps.

Work has already started removing all fencing in the park (photos). The next phase in the construction will consist of grading work by Scotty’s Contracting in the coming weeks. Check back for future updates.

No entry will be permitted during the construction phase, any illegal trespassing will be criminally charged by the City Police.


The City of Morgantown has completed Phase 1 of the Gateways plan which consisted of a new entrance sign at the intersection of South Main St and the I-165 northbound exit ramp. This new signage will include seasonal plantings in the front with long-term plantings on the sides and back. The new sign and landscaping were included in the 2020-21 budget cycle. City gateways have been a focus of the previous and current budget, with revamped signage, way-finding signage, landscaping and streetscape grants included in the funding package.

“The City of Morgantown understands that to be attractive to new residents and visitors, we must make a good first impression” says Mayor Billy Phelps.

The signage was constructed by Signature Signs of Bowling Green, Ky and the landscaping was completed by Thomas Edmonds Landscaping of Morgantown. In Phase 2 of the Gateways plan, the previous entrance signage will be transferred to a Trail Town certification sign.

There’s nothing better than driving on new pavement, right?

Industries along South Industrial Drive saw new pavement installed yesterday. The new paving is part of the City of Morgantown’s 10 year street improvement plan which will repave all city streets in that 10 year period. Currently on year 4, the City is ahead of schedule. This year, the City will repave and reconstruct 22 City streets, these streets were graded by the City’s engineer who considers the condition of the roadway in addition to the amount of traffic. The contract was awarded to Scotty’s Contracting of Bowling Green, KY who will complete the work before December of this year. Work was off to a quick start with South Industrial Drive (pictured) being completed on July 20th. The contractors will return next week to continue the work.