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Local group to receive help in saving pool

Updated: Saturday, February 15 2014, 09:27 PM EST

By Celina Pompeani


A local property is one of six places that recently made the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia's list as one of the latest endangered properties.
The Margaret Mansion Weir Memorial Pool, also known as the Marland Height Pool, has been closed since 2005 due to lack of attendance, but a local organization is fighting to keep it open.
Being named to the list will hopefully speed up the process of saving the pool.
Iris Himmerlick, vice president of the Marland Heights Community Association, said the association received a call from a woman wanting to know if it would be OK  for her to nominate the pool for the endangered property list.

They recently received notification that they were accepted onto the list.       

Himmerlick said they will receive help on the state level for the next five years and thanked the public for their help in getting to this point.
“(We’ve been) getting emails and phone calls from people who are willing to help clean, help do electrical work, plumbing work,” Himmerlick said. “We are really excited."
The association has a plan to reopen the pool by the summer of 2015.
“It seems like things are going really quickly now and we have a lot of fundraisers planned,” Himmerlick said.
Himmerlick added that the numbers are very favorable and they think they can get the pool to reopen and filled with water for $300,000 to $350,000.
“It (the pool) was a meeting place and social place for everyone and gave us all something to do,” she said.

Local group to receive help in saving pool

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