Nestled behind East John Street, past the Adam Stephen’s museum, sits a small park by the name of Oak Street Park. The park is owned by the City of Martinsburg. The Martinsburg – Berkeley County Parks and Recreation maintains and operates the property.
I am a little hesitant to talk about it as it feels like my own little secret of Martinsburg. Driving over a small one-car bridge, a large, willowy tree greets you at one corner of the park. There is a gazebo with four tables near a water spigot and a small, metal camp stove. This park is home to a full basketball court with regulation hoops and a play area with benches, slides, and a bouncy bumblebee. A swing set with one function swing sits off in the distance. The bridge crosses over a tranquil street teeming with minnows. I enjoy the hidden location of the park because it’s tucked away in a residential area, free from the hustle of Martinsburg’s main streets.
Take some time to check out this park on the one of the rare warmer days we sometimes have in November and December. Tell us about your favorite hidden places around the Panhandle so we can share them with the community.