ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Making a splash at Memorial Park's Allen Pool just became more exciting for area swimming enthusiasts.
The park board is awaiting word following inspections of the pool's newly installed diving board and slide. After that approval, it will be full-throttle for thrill seekers at the pool.
"The voters in St. Clairsville passed a levy in 2007," said Bruce Moynihan, park manager. "Those funds have permitted us to do several upgrades here at the park including the addition of the slide and diving board."
Memorial Park’s Allen Pool has recently undergone a major renovation, getting several much needed upgrades.
The cost for the new full-competition, one meter diving board, with required upgrades to the concrete base and support system, was $10,000. Moynihan said the total cost for the diving board and slide will top out at about $70,000.
"A few years back we were unable to obtain insurance and had to remove the former dive and slide," said park board member Jack McKeever. "We've been able to obtain insurance which allowed us to move ahead with the upgrades for the slide and dive."
McKeever noted many other improvements have been ongoing at the park that may not be visible to the average person.
"We've installed underground power lines and replacement of water line. We've spent a lot of money on infrastructure," he said. "Many of these things haven't been upgraded in over 50 years, including the replacement of the roof on the pool building."
He also said repairs have been completed to the stacked stone wall that graces the hillside above the pool area along with new pumps which has made a difference in many ways.
"It has taken up to 17 days to fill the pool in past years," McKeever noted. "This year, because of the waterline replacement, we did it in three. The new pumps are working and we know the public will enjoy the dive and slide."
Other park improvements since the passage of the levy include installation of restrooms in the picnic areas, shelter improvements, a new baseball field, playground area and concrete repairs.
"The city has been very kind to us," McKeever said. "We also appreciate the support of the community."
Both men noted that the park board will be asking the public to renew the five-year levy in November.
"Without that levy, we would never be able to do the work that needs done," Moynihan said.
Pool hours on Monday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. In addition, a moonlight swim is held each Tuesday from 8-10 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and $3 for seniors. Passes may be purchased as follows: family $130, individual $75 and senior $50.
The pool also offers swimming lessons which will begin June 7 and run through July 26. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Cost is $75 per person.
For more information on the park or the pool, call 740-695-5077 or Moynihan at 740-310-6718 during regular business hours.
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