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Park board taking its plan public

Forum scheduled for Oct. 3

FORUM SET — Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation Chairman Ed Bowman discusses an upcoming public forum to present plans for improving programs and facilities. -- Craig Howell

WEIRTON — The Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation is taking its plans for potential improvements to the city’s recreational facilities to the people.

During the board’s meeting Thursday morning, members agreed to schedule a public forum for 6:30 p.m., Oct. 3 in order to present information on Weirton’s recreational facilities and programs, as well as a series of potential capital improvement projects — and their costs — being discussed.

The meeting will be held in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center, and will be open to the public.

“It’s a followup to the meeting we had with the mayor and council,” Board Chair Edwin J. Bowman explained, noting a similar presentation held Sept. 12 with Mayor Harold Miller and members of Weirton Council.

The meeting is expected to include a video presentation displaying each current facility, various programs offered by the Park Board, as well as immediate and “wish list” improvements.

Bowman encouraged all residents with an interest in the community’s parks, playgrounds and other recreational facilities, to attend.

The Weirton Park Board oversees the operation and management of the Millsop Community Center, Starvaggi Memorial Park, Marland Heights Park, the Panhandle Recreation Trail, Edwin J. Bowman Field and several neighborhood playgrounds.

Also Thursday, Bowman reflected on the board’s presentation with council, which included discussions of the allotment of the city’s hotel and motel tax, a portion of which is required to go toward recreation.

This presentation follows a recent decision by the board to no longer maintain five recreational locations in the city in an attempt to cut down on costs and better coordinate manpower.

“We’re trying to get the situation under control,” Parks Executive Director Coty Shingle explained, saying the board is looking at the use of each site in making its decisions.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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