Huntington's Ritter Park Earns National Honor

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- The American Planning Association (APA) has picked Ritter Park as one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012 under the organization’s Great Places in America program.

According to a press release, APA singled out Ritter Park for its design, recreational and cultural amenities, and its integration into a national historic district with grand homes that represent some of the most popular architectural styles from 1913-1940.

“Ritter Park has been deemed the Crowned Jewel of the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District, and is the most popular, most utilized Park in Huntington. Each day, walkers, joggers and dog walkers can be seen enjoying the crushed limestone trail. Evenings and weekends the Ritter Park Tennis Center is filled with activity, the nationally renowned Ritter Park Rose Garden is a quiet place to be surrounded by beauty, and Huntington’s PetSafe Dog Park has been a huge success since its opening on June 16th, 2012. The residents of the Tri-State area and visitors from all around consider Ritter Park, one of the most beautiful and historic places in the region,” said Kevin Brady, Executive Director of the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District.

Since APA began Great Places in America in 2007, 60 neighborhoods, 60 streets and 50 public spaces have been designated in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“Ritter Park demonstrates how a public space, through its design and attractions, can serve diverse interests and provide a range of experiences,” said APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP. “It also illustrates how a well-planned park can influence and add value to the homes and properties that surround it.”

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