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Commissioners’ donation could help save Marland Heights Pool

Updated: Thursday, August 14 2014, 06:27 PM EDT
HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. – In the past few years, the Marland Heights Pool has shut down and almost been demolished.
But Thursday, the beleaguered pool received some good news. It’s news that may go a long way in getting it up and running again in the near future. The Hancock County Commissioners handed over a $10,000 check to the Marland Heights Community Association in order to help with reservations.
"We can get moving with some more needed renovations,” said Iris Himmerlick, VP of the Marland Heights Community Association. “We need a lot more checks like this, but this is an excellent start. We have had fundraisers -- we made a good bit of money -- but not enough to renovate a pool. But it's kept us going."
Himmerlick, along with the help of a six-member team, has worked in efforts to save the pool since 2012. It’s a job she said hasn't been easy.
"We formed our organization and began fighting with the park’s board not to demolish it, and they were gracious enough to allow us some time to try and see if it was feasible to save it,” Himmerlick said. “And everything that has come so far to date says, ‘we can do it.’"
The pool opened in 1934 and instantly became the center of Weirton's recreational activities. But it closed in 2005 because of a lack of attendance, and in 2012 the city of Weirton pushed to have the structure demolished. Himmerlick hopes to change the pool’s future and says it could open as soon as next summer.
"This will help us with the painters, the bathrooms, several things that need to be done right away,” she said. “And hopefully, with the checks that continue to come in, we will be able to start in spring on the structure itself."
So far, more than $60,000 has been raised for the pool’s renovation. Himmerlick said they still need an additional $300,000 before all the costs are covered. The group plans to hold an Oldies dance in Marland Heights Park from 6-10 p.m. on Aug. 30.
To make donations, send checks to MHCA 3951 Palisades Dr., Weirton WV, 26062

Commissioners’ donation could help save Marland Heights Pool

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