Pool returned to city

GIVING IT BACK — The Marland Heights Community Association has decided to terminate its lease to the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool, returning it and the Marland Heights Park to the control of the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — After several years of working to raise money in the hopes of reopening the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool, the Marland Heights Community Association has decided to terminate its lease, returning the pool property to the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation.

Iris Himmelrick, spokesperson for the MHCA, recently met with Mayor Harold Miller, City Manager Travis Blosser and Park Board Chair Ed Bowman to discuss the issue, stating the association had estimated the needed repairs to operate the pool would exceed $1 million, an amount the association feels is unattainable.

“We’re going to turn the park back over to the Park Board,” Himmelrick said Friday, noting the transfer is set to take place July 1.

Himmelrick said the money which has been raised during the last six years, has been used to update some aspects of the park, with plans to use the remaining funds for new playground equipment.

“We are turning the park back with remodeled updated bathrooms, updated to code electric, an alarm system and surveillance cameras,” Himmelrick said.

The association also is reaching out to residents to look for ways to continue caring for the park, by keeping it clean and if there is something they feel needs attention, to bring it to the appropriate individuals.

In addition to Himmelrick, members of the MHCA have included Doug Jackson, Renee Lemal, Kathy Kolanko, the late Dave Marston, Bob Himmelrick, Jim Lemal, Janna and Dave Obeldoble, Mark and Lee Lewis, Terrie Tesack, Mary Brown, Peggy and Terry Huyghe, Sue Ball, Bernie and Doretta Bish, Kay Mortimer, Karen Gould and Gaston Blanc.

The pool was closed by the park board in 2005, with officials citing a lack of use and loss of funds to keep it operational.

It was built in 1934, with funds from the David Weir Estate and maintenance support from the Weirton Steel Corp. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

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