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Management structure discussed for Marland Heights pool

Updated: Thursday, February 27 2014, 06:20 PM EST

By Jon Rudder

WEIRTON, W.Va - The battle to reopen the Margaret MansionWeir Memorial Pool has been a continuous effort for the Marland Heights Community Association. Thursday, association leaders sat down with members of the Weirton Park Board in an attempt to iron out a management agreement.
 
The community association hopes that the summer of 2014 will be the last year the pool remains empty.    Once a management structure is established, fundraising for the renovations can begin.
 
"That’s what today's meeting was all about, getting everything out on the table, let's look at any obstacle that may come our way and how we will address it moving forward,” said Marland Heights Community Association President Douglas Jackson.
 
A feasibility study recently conducted shows it is do-able, but to apply for federal grants they need a management structure — the primary focus of Thursday’s meeting. The topic will be revisited at the park board meeting on March 27.
 
“Once the management structure comes together and we understand which of the three options the park board finds feasible and that we find feasible, then we start our renovations and we start applying for the grants,” Jackson said. “It really boils down to who is going to be the grant sponsor and the co-sponsor.”
 
 Their solution will come down to three different proposals -- which the group declined to get into specifics about right now.
 
Ultimately, the goal is to revitalize the entire park area, not solely the pool. However, the key to doing so lies behind the brick walls of the façade.  
 
“It just depends on what you really want to do with the park. Our main goal has been to restore the pool and make sure it holds water and make sure it's safe first, as the hub of the park,” Jackson said. “Then we'll go after the park renovations to follow.”

Management structure discussed for Marland Heights pool


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