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Established in 1996 to support and maintain Oglebay and Wheeling Park, the most incredible parks in the world, the Oglebay Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in Wheeling, WV.

Wheeling Park became a reality in 1925 after 170 citizens stepped up to fund the purchase of 130 acres. The next year, Earl Oglebay made an estate gift of his beloved 750-acre Waddington Farm to the city of Wheeling. The city accepted Oglebay’s gift in 1928.

Today the two parks cover more than 2,200 acres, host the annual Winter Festival of Lights, Oglebayfest, live music all summer long, and more – making them the top West Virginia tourist destination.

Birds eye view of the water fountain


To inspire donors to invest in Oglebay and Wheeling Park; the Oglebay Foundation raises strategic support through donations from private individuals, corporations, and foundation giving.


Working in tandem with the Wheeling Park Commission, we fund strategic priorities maximizing the assets of the park system to improve the recreational opportunities for the citizens of the Ohio Valley.


Ensuring every family in the Ohio Valley has access to park amenities, regardless of their financial circumstances.

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Through your help and your support, the park you love will continue to thrive.