Bluefield, Community Guide 2018 - Page 14

Bluefield, West Virginia Bluefield is a quaint community of diverse friends and neighbors enjoying incredible recreation options, quality health care, multiple cultural opportunities, and outstanding educational facilities. Bluefield is the perfect marriage between the metro and small town, and has been recognized as a certified retirement community as well as one of the top 100 communities for young people. With all this and an affordable cost of living, Bluefield offers an unparalleled quality of life. A quiet city with a laid-back and relaxed attitude, the people of Bluefield are noted for their helpfulness and friendly neighborly ways. When there is a need, the community comes together. One shining example is the wonderful Yakk ity-Yak playground located in Tony Lotito City Park. Funded by the community, the recreational area was constructed by volunteers in only five days. In Bluefield, visitors will find incredible entertainment options for the whole family to enjoy! From renowned performing arts to rich history and professional sports, there’s so much to see here. Bluefield is home to the Blue Mountain Performing Arts Series and the Bluefield Area Arts Center. Located in Bluefield’s Historic City Hall, the Bluefield Area Arts Center is an exquisite 12 | Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce venue featuring a live theater, an art gallery, restaurant, and more! The holiday season brings with it Bluefield’s famous Holiday of Lights. Cars travel along a stretch of over one million lights in Lotitio City Park, where the event has become a popular annual event with hay rides, a historic trolley ride with Santa, and 5K run through the lights. Also located in the over 100-acre city park are six walking/ biking trails, two softball diamonds, two little league baseball fields, three basketball courts, newly renovated tennis courts, an equestrian ring, sand volleyball court, and many picnic shelters perfect for family outings. With the Bluefield Blue Jays minor league baseball team, golf, trails, and soccer all in our backyard, Bluefield has lots to offer the sports enthusiasts. The area is also a short drive from some of the best white water rafting and skiing in West Virginia. The East River Soccer Complex consists of five state-of-the-art playing fields. So, come visit and see for yourself everything Bluefield has to offer and why our citizens call Bluefield home!