After Delay, Belleview Pool Opens Today in Steubenville

Photo by Dave Gossett Steubenville Recreation Director Lori Fetherolf checks out the Belleview Pool Friday afternoon after the pool passed the Jefferson County Health Department inspection earlier in the day. The pool will open for the summer season at noon today.

The Belleview Pool in Steubenville is set to open at noon today following a last-minute push to clean the sidewalk around the facility, plant flowers and stock the concession stand at the main entrance.

The lifeguards have been hired, and the pool was filled and ready for swimmers today.

“Because we had to delay the pool opening a couple of days, we are offering a $1 admission today to encourage area residents to visit the pool and see the improvements we have made this spring,” said Recreation Director Lori Fetherolf.

Fetherolf was at the facility Friday morning while the Jefferson County Health Department conducted the pool’s annual inspection.

“You are approved to open. We will return for another inspection later this summer before you close,” Sanitarian Carla Gampolo told Fetherolf.

According to Fetherolf, getting the pool ready to open — something city officials weren’t even sure would happen not long ago due to difficulty in finding lifeguards — has been a long process.

“A lot of people have put in a lot of time getting the pool ready, including several local businesses who donated their employees’ time to cut down the pine trees around the pool, repair the concrete sidewalk at the pool, remove the sliding board and perform maintenance work on the pool equipment,” she said.

Members of a volunteer crew of city employees were digging weeds out from the sidewalk area and sweeping the concrete walkway.

“I’ll be ready to jump in the pool by the end of Friday. It is hot today and expected to be even hotter on Saturday — an excellent day to visit the pool,” Fetherolf said.

Fetherolf said the daily pool fees and passes will remain the same as last year’s prices: Children 4 and under get in free; ages 4-17, $3; ages 18-59, $5; and 60 and older, $3; except for Tuesday, when admission is $1.

Season passes are $70 for children, $95 for adults, $50 for seniors and $150 for family passes.

Fetherolf said the pool will be closed on Mondays and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

“Pool rentals are available Tuesday through Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rentals must be booked at least two weeks in advance. … The rental rates include the lifeguards,” she said.