WEIRTON - Big plans are in the works for the Starvaggi Memorial Pool and Park next summer with the addition of a kids' spray zone.
The Weirton Park Board, along with the Starvaggi Park Civic Association, announced this week plans to proceed with making the much-anticipated kid's spray zone project a reality. The project will include an expanded area near the children's wading pool with the addition of sprinklers and permanent interactive water play devices, such as a palm tree and tulip sprayer.
"This is something we've been working on with the Starvaggi Civic Association for several years now," Parks Director Terry Weigel said. "We feel this would be a great enhancement for families and children especially when you consider the number of young patrons who visit the pool each year."
This rendering shows what the proposed spray zone could look like once installed at Starvaggi Memorial Park. Several fundraisers have been held in the last few years in the hopes of getting the attraction purchased for the youth who visit the pool each summer. -- Contributed
While the Park Board and Civic Association have secured a large portion of money for the project, they continue to solicit donations, sponsors and grants for the kids' spray zone that could cost as much as $85,000.
The Starvaggi Civic Association has done several fundraisers during the past two years in hopes of breaking ground and getting the attraction ready for the 2011 pool season.
Civic Association President Mary-Hannah Finton described the kids' spray zone as "one of those worthwhile projects that should net positive results almost immediately."
"The fundraisers have been well-supported in the community by people who want to see this happen," she said. "People have been anticipating this addition for a while and we're close to making it happen."
Any business, organization or private entity interested in making a donation or sponsoring an interactive water play device can contact Terry Weigel at the Millsop Community Center or any Starvaggi Civic Association member.
For more information call 304-797-8520.
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