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Pool is still on park board’s radar

April 20, 2012
By ANGELINA DICKSON - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

WEIRTON - Members of the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation continued talks about what, if anything, can be done regarding the restoration of Marland Heights Park and the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool or whether a new form of recreation can be utilized at the property.

Park board member Deb Witkowski said Thursday she once again was approached by several people interested in re-opening the pool. She said the individuals still wish to remain unknown at this time, but she added her time as the go-between has reached an end.

However, she did relay a final message about seeking a structural engineer to look at whether the pool would be operational again and what it would cost.

Witkowski said a structural engineer would be necessary no matter what the board decided to do with the facility.

Ed Bowman, park board member, said the board will need a detailed package outlining what the costs of the two most prominent ideas - re-opening the pool and an ice skating rink - would be. He said it will be important to have some input from the public, but the decision ultimately will remain with the board.

"I do think it's something we need to pursue," he said of Witkowski's motion. "I would like to add to that a request for detailed reports on the capital improvements."

Bowman said he also would encourage anyone else with ideas for the property to come forward and share them with the board. He said it may come down to things being too costly and alternatives need to be on the table as well.

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