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Beatty Park project grows

September 30, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the editor:

As a youth growing up in Steubenville, I had the good fortune to experience the beauty and recreational opportunities that Beatty Park provided for me. Our forefathers had the wisdom to provide an opportunity for the young people of our city to develop an appreciation for nature and physical activity through our visits to the park each day.

On Sept. 20, a "Revisit Beatty Park Event" was held, and more than 125 participants attended. Our group has a vision to enliven many of the activities at the park and to provide viable experiences with nature and recreation for our families in the city.

Initially, we made an effort to clear hiking trails and to clear the park of debris. Our next project weekend will take place on Friday and Saturday. Initial group brainstorming sessions revealed many practical ideas pertaining to future park utilization, including select hike trails, T-ball fields, a dog park, court renovations, etc. Please join us Friday and Saturday as we continue our efforts with Beatty Park.

I want to take the opportunity to thank the following for their efforts and support with the Sept. 20 event: the Herald-Star, Kmart, Spot Bar, 6th Ward Councilman David "Pokey" Lalich, 2nd Ward Councilman Rick Perkins, Councilman at large Kenny Davis, City Manager Cathy Davison, Recreation Director Troy Kirkendall, Jody Glaub, municipal court Judge Dan Spahn and his city service workers, Bill Rohrey, Jim Crocket, Tim Young (T.J.), Simon Feaster and James "Brigham" Young.

Donations for the Beatty Park Improvement Project can be forwarded to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, 630 Market St., Steubenville, 43952.

Gerald DiLoretto

1st Ward councilman

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