Weirton Park Board preparing for pool season

WEIRTON — Parks officials say they are on schedule to open Starvaggi Memorial Pool on Memorial Day, keeping a more-than-20-year tradition going.

“That’s a testament to the work of our staff,” Executive Director Coty Shingle said during Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Parks and Recreation.

Shingle said the maintenance staff currently is working its way through a checklist of items in order to reach their goal.

“There’s a lot of work to do,” Shingle said, noting the sidewalks have been power-washed.

In addition to planning for the regular swimming season, staff has been planning improvement projects for the pool and Starvaggi Memorial Park.

Among those projects is the installation of new benches, made possible through donations from area residents and businesses.

“We have to put the benches together,” Shingle said. “They send them in pieces.”

The purchase of the benches was initially suggested by Park Board Chair Ed Bowman, who also worked to collect donations.

A new electric pump is being purchased for the pool, at a cost of $2,000, after the existing equipment was damaged by flooding.

In a related matter, Shingle announced a cooperative program has been created with Weirton Transit Corp., which will provide transportation to and from the pool between noon and 4 p.m. weekdays. Shingle said, for $3, residents will be able to ride the special pool route bus and use the pool. The bus will have pickups and dropoffs and various parks and playgrounds in the city, depending on the day.

Starvaggi Pool will remain open through Aug. 17.

Shingle noted work continues to upgrade the park’s tennis and basketball courts, with paving currently expected to take place sometime next week, depending on the weather.

In other business, the Park Board approved $2,000 to serve as a local match for a $10,000 grant as part of planned improvements on the Panhandle Recreation Trail. Shingle explained the funds will be added to an existing allotment of $125,000 for the project, which has been under the control of the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

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