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Group granted control of Marland Heights Pool

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014, 01:00 PM EDT

By Jennifer Black


Thursday morning may not have been the best pool day, but the future is bright for the Marland Heighs Pool in Weirton.

The Weirton Parks Board unanimously approved a lease agreement to hand over control of the pool to the Marland Heights Community Association, a group formed in recent years to help reopen the pool that officially closed in 2005.

"A lot of negotiations.  A lot of stress.  A lot of fun.  A lot of heartache.  A lot of everything, but it's finally coming together,” Iris Himmelrick, vice president of the Marland Heights Community Association said.

While Thursday's vote was a major step in the right direction for the future of the pool, there was as small snag.

"Our attorney, David B Cross and [Weirton’s] attorney Vincent Gurrera are going to get together and change some of the wording in the lease agreement to protect both parties.  Other than that it's done,” Himmelrick said.

In light of the recent advancement, a Wintersville, Ohio, couple with fond memories of the pools past, presented an American flag to the board, residents of Weirton and the Marland Heights Community Association.

"[My wife’s] mother was a lifeguard.  When we found out that the committee was trying to resurrect the pool we wanted to get involved," Dr. Mark Lewis said.  "We want people to see when the flag raises that the pool is going to be resurrected and we want people to get involved.

Himmelrick said the group isn’t going to waste any time and wants to begin by cleaning out and getting electricity to the pump room.  The goal is to have the pool up and running by summer 2015.

Group granted control of Marland Heights Pool

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