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Few options left for Weirton pool

For generations, the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool was a focal point of local recreation, providing a place of daily activity, communion and community over almost eight decades of public use.

It has been several years since the pool was closed by the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation, and, despite the efforts of the Marland Heights Community Association, the pool has not been able to re-open. In the meanwhile, time has begun to catch up to the structure and officials now feel one of the only options remaining is to demolish it.

The board discussed this possibility at its meeting Thursday morning, and will have further discussion when it convenes in February, with board members set to review a cost estimate and other information.

Parks officials already are looking at millions of dollars in potential improvement projects for the park system, including needed repairs to the Millsop Community Center and Starvaggi Memorial Pool. Projects also are on the board for Marland Heights Park, the Edwin J. Bowman Field and the Panhandle Rail Trail. How they will be paid for is still up in the air.

Some more recent projects have come about only because of assistance from community members, including the playground at Starvaggi, new lights at the Marland Heights Park tennis courts and the purchase of several new benches.

A full repair of the pool at Marland Heights Park simply isn’t feasible, given the cost and the lack of use it had prior to being closed. Left in its current state, the pool structure will continue to deteriorate and become a danger to residents.

While it will be a sad day when the structure is demolished, we — and, we feel, the entire community — realize it is the only choice.

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