Morgantown Summer 2021 Edition

THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO MORGANTOWN

PARKS A FEW FAVORITE GREEN SPACES DORSEY’S KNOB PARK Reach the clouds at Sky Rock. Off of U.S. Route 119 MCQUAIN RIVER- FRONT PARK Amphitheater, rail-trail access, river view. Kayak rental to come. Monongahela River, downtown JACK ROBERTS Four acres with playing fields, basketball court, and playground. Madigan Avenue, First Ward KREPPS PARK Playgrounds, picnic area, dog park, and public pool. Laurel Street, Suncrest MARILLA PARK Tennis courts, pool, playing fields, skate park, and trail access. Powell Avenue, Sabraton

NUTS ’N’ HONEY One thing Morgantown has lots of for its size is Middle Eastern restaurants, and that means baklava. Flaky phyllo layered with honey and chopped walnuts—or pistachios, or cashews, or chocolate—we’ve got it all. ALI BABA RESTAURANT 82 Hart Field Road 304.777.4120 CAIRO 2 GO 1006 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive 304.322.4505 ISTANBUL RESTAURANT 2995 University Avenue 681.285.5590 KASSAR’S FOOD AND GIFTS Chelsea Square 1137 Van Voorhis Road 304.599.7252

Wiles Hill AND

H I GH L AND PARK

a prime location is the area between WVU’s campuses. Wiles Hill and Highland Park enjoy easy access to the university’s downtown, Evansdale, and medical campuses. And with Milan Puskar Stadium just over the hill, they’re Game Day Central. To get to Wiles Hill and Highland Park, take Stewart Street away from down- town. Everything on the left, from Jones Avenue to Willowdale, is Wiles Hill. Just across Willowdale—Gibbons Street and Eastland Avenue out to McCullough—lies Highland Park.

GENERAL AREA Straddling

Homes in these neighborhoods date to the 1920s through the ’60s. Highland Park is a little leafier, with a gentler landscape; Wiles Hill occupies more dramatic terrain, giving it some stunning views over the river. But children play in pedestrian alleys and on quiet streets in both. Many residents have been in the neighborhood for decades, some living in houses they grew up in. Homes are largely owner-occupied, and residents take pride in their properties. A neighborhood association represents neighborhood interests before city council and keeps residents engaged and informed. The heart of the neighborhood is Wiles Hill Park and the Wiles Hill Community Center, a 1910 school that the city’s Board of Parks and Recreation, BOPARC, took over after it closed in 1999. Community center members enjoy dance and fitness classes, a workout room, an art studio, and mahjong. Neighborhood restaurants include some of the best Asian food in a town—Ogawa Japanese Restaurant and Ta-Khrai Thai Cafe—and the Mountaineer Tap House and Varsity Club both feature lots of taps, including many local selections.

Willowdale, from Jones Avenue to McCullough Street SCHOOLS Suncrest Elementary, Suncrest Middle, Morgantown High AVERAGE SALE PRICE 2020 $191,000

BARILL RIVERFRONT PARK

Picnic pavilion, fishing and boating access, playground on the rail-trail. University Avenue, Star City WHITE PARK Ballfields, ice arena, and trails. East Parkway, First Ward WHITEMOORE PARK Morgantown’s oldest park. Richwood Avenue, Woodburn

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SALAM 350 High Street 304.322.4178 TAZIKI’S 190 Suncrest Towne Centre 304.777.4455

INTERESTING FACT Many early residents of Wiles Hill walked to work at nearby glass factories.

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