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Group working to save Marland Heights Pool

Updated: Wednesday, September 18 2013, 03:41 PM EDT

By Rich Pierce 

Hancock County, WV 

September 17, 2013

A community group in Weirton is nearing the final stages of a last effort to save the Marland Heights Pool, which opened in 1934 but closed in 2005 due to lack of attendance.

A group of six people belonging to the Marland Heights Community Association is working to prevent the pool and pool building from being torn down – something the city of Weirton pushed to do in 2012.

Iris Himmelrick is the vice president of the organization. She said a feasibility study is ongoing and should wrap up within the next month.

“We don’t really know until we get this study done. It will depend on how much work they have to do inside. It’s been very promising, though, so far,” Himmelrick said.

Karen Gould lives just around the corner from the pool. She wants to see it re-open.

“I grew up with it. I’ve been going there since I was probably a year old. It was definitely a part of my young life,” Gould said.

While this seems like a last ditch effort to save the pool, Himmelrick is not looking at it that way.

“We’re not thinking it’s last-ditch. We’re thinking we are going to do it. We are staying positive and we are hoping the amount of money we need will come in at a reasonable amount,” Himmelrick said.

Funds to save the pool have been raised with private fundraising and the cost of the feasibility study is covered by a historical grant from the state of West Virginia.

If the feasibility study shows the pool can be saved, the group plans on applying for grants and continuing hosting fundraisers.  

Group working to save Marland Heights Pool

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