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Park Board continues focus on improvements

WEIRTON — The Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation continues to look at opportunities to invest in the community’s recreational spaces and attractions.

During Thursday’s meeting, the board agreed to move forward with some of the plans for improvements at the Edwin J. Bowman Baseball Field, authorizing Director Coty Shingle to execute a bid with Straw Construction Co., of Boswell, Pa. For three projects.

The replacement of the infield will come at a cost of $36,880, the removal of the back edge infield lip will cost $3,400 and rebuilding the bullpen pitcher’s mounds will cost $8,000.

The board opted to hold off on installing an outfield warning track.

The projects are part of a series funded through the receipt of a federal Land, Water Conservation Grant.

Shingle explained there also had been a recommendation to go through the process of getting historical markers placed at the field, relaying its use for local and regional baseball, including with professional teams, going back for almost 100 years. Board Chair Edwin J. Bowman, however, noted there is still the possibility Weirton Council could decide to use the field property for a proposed public safety facility.

“We don’t know if they’re going to take the field or not,” Bowman said.

The board also has plans for improvements at Marland Heights Park, and will be looking into getting a loan to assist with projects focused on the park’s shelters, tennis courts and restrooms, as well as the demolition of the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool.

The board is studying how best to re-use the bricks from the pool as a possible memorial or other feature.

Shingle also reported on a proposal for an asphalt maintenance program at Starvaggi Memorial Park, focusing on the tennis and basketball courts, as a result of cracks forming in the surface shortly after new court surfaces were installed more than a year ago.

“You’re probably looking at $30,000,” Shingle said, noting the work will have to be performed periodically to keep the court surfaces usable.

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

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