By the community
For the community
Winter Camp Park is FREE for all Woods Residents to use. NO MEMBERSHIPS, NO FEES.
It is privately owned by some homeowners, and is not associated with The Woods Homeowners Association (WHOA) nor Potomac Valley Properties (PVP).
Donations are appreciated.
Wednesday Socials Return
Now that Berkeley County is no longer designated a hot spot, the Governor has relaxed certain rules for parks and outdoor events. Therefore, starting May 27th, the Wednesday social event will resume, beginning at 5 p.m. at Pavilion #1. The maximum number of folks allowed to attend is capped at 25. Not our rules; this was set by the Governor.
As usual, bring your own beverages, and optionally bring any food you would like to share or not. There are numerous picnic tables and chairs to sit on and still maintain a safe distance. Everyone should make their own decision regarding masks, although they are recommended by the state. Additionally, porta potty has returned - in a different location. It is now by the center circle.
Corporate Friends of the Park
In response to requests from businesses serving The Woods to acknowledge the benefit they have received by working with Woods residents and indicating their interest in supporting the Park's further development we have created the Corporate Friends of Winter Camp Park program for 2020.
Check out the Supporters page often to see all the Corporate Friends and to join the list!
On June 24, a crepe myrtle tree was planted at the front of the Park, and dedicated to honor the memory of Taleigh Smith, the young daughter of the Park's special supporters, Wendy and Joe Smith. See pictures below.
New Hiking Map
John Meyer and Wendy Smith have developed a new set of hiking trails in Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area accessible from within The Woods and near/ accessible from Winter Camp Park; the WCP Hiking Access brochure below describes them.
Now that nicer weather is here, we hope that more folks get out to enjoy WCP and environs! Plenty of social distancing space!
The big project this year was cleaning up the old debris in the back corner of the property left by the previous owners. We contracted with our new Corporate Friend, Potomac Valley Home Services to complete the work. They completed the work on 19-20 May 2020, and it looks wonderful and is much safer for the Park's visitors. The Friends of Winter Camp Park contributions helped fund this project and future contributions will help maintain and beautify the park.
Thank you to the 14 neighbors who helped with spring cleanup at the park in March before the COVID-19 Pandemic hit us. Everyone pitched in to blow and rake leaves, pile up branches, chipped the branches, set up the picnic tables and chairs, and spread wood chips around the main pavilion. Everything is ready for when we can socialize there again!
Thank you also for the great team that helped with the Pre-July 4th cleanup. You did much more than we planned. it looks great!
This Park is being developed thru a series of projects. These projects will be started based on several factors:
- Essential for safety and appearance of the park
- Amount of interest expressed by the community and the partners
- Availability of resources (funding and volunteers) to accomplish the project
Check out the Projects page to see what has already been completed.
The creation and maintenance of this park can only be accomplished by the help of volunteers within the community.
Every year there are lots of needs for volunteers to help with the park including:
Park cleanup, especially in the Spring
Grass cutting and trimming
Cutting and removing dead trees
Set up pavilion for Wednesday Social Hours
Help with or manage social events
Please consider helping with any of these or other things you are interested in. Use the Contact page to forward how you'd like to help.
Join the 2020 Friends of Winter Camp Park Program now!
The initial major projects have been funded by contributions from the twelve homeowner partners, including the purchase of the land, construction of two family-sized pavilions, and significant excavation and grading to mediate water flow.
Contributions by other homeowners helped purchase picnic tables and property maintenance and enhancement.
Continued support is needed from the community to accomplish other projects and to pay for recurring expenses of nearly $4000 (insurance, taxes, electric, computer services and portable potty), and to keep this area FREE FOR ALL.
So, join the Friends of the Park program to support this goal.
The Woodstock 50 Anniversary celebration was a huge success. The festival was attended by over 200 neighbors and friends. For many, it was their first visit to Winter Camp Park.
The band, formed solely for this event, was AWESOME! It consisted of Woods residents and their friends, led by Brian McMahon, who formed the band, and they practiced in just in less than three months time. Many attendees commented that they could not tell if the live band was playing or if the song was coming from DJ Dan Forte. They were that good!! We certainly have a talented community!