WEIRTON - The Weirton Christian Center will be celebrating the completion of its new Christian Fellowship Park this Saturday with a neighborhood party from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The park on Virginia Avenue was remodeled with the help of funding from the Christian Fellowship Foundation and the efforts of many volunteers, and staff.
There will be free food, free entertainment including the WCC Kids at 3:30 p.m., door prizes, games and inflatables for the kids, and a chance to gather with friends, and register for Weirton Christian Center programs, such as afterschool, pre-school for 3 and 4-year olds, summer camp, and the Back to School Bash.
RENOVATIONS — A work crew from ArcelorMittal Steel was among those volunteering to assist in the recent renovations to the playground on Virginia Avenue. The Weirton Christian Center will celebrate the project’s completion with a neighborhood party on Saturday. -- Contributed
The remodeling project brought with it a new picnic shelter, tables, a new surface, baskets and fencing for the basketball court, new benches and trash receptacles, repairs and painting of current equipment and the addition of a larger Whirl to safely accommodate more children.
"Since the Christian Center uses the park for program activities, and the children of the Center realize that it is their neighborhood park, we hope that they, along with others in the neighborhood who use it will take ownership enough to take care of it, and remind others to do the same," Christian Center Executive Director Kim Weaver said. "Funding like this doesn't come along often, so we hope the updates will last a long time."
The City of Weirton repaired the curb to keep the water away from the playground and provided tables for Saturday's event. Brian James of ArcelorMittal Steel helped coordinate a work crew and provided all the heavy equipment necessary to move the playground and shelter pieces from their storage place in the mill. The ArcelorMittal crew also installed the shelter frame.
Concrete was donated by Starvaggi Weirton Ice and Coal, and 200 bags of mulch came from West Virginia Baptist Convention's Parchment Valley Retreat Center. First Baptist Church was host to Brother's Keeper who canvased Weirton last weekend and sent a crew of painters and workers to help us finish the park.
During the first two weeks of the summer program, the Center has registered more than 100 K-12 children, and 25 in the Kindergarten Readiness Class. Jesus Loves You Summer Camp Scholarships are still available.
Each day, during Christian Center hours, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free snacks and Bible lessons and crafts are open to everyone at the park.