Barnesville Mayor Takes the Plunge To Celebrate Upgraded Pool

Photo by Scott McCloskey Barnesville Mayor Dale Bunting celebrates the completion of a pool renovation project at Memorial Park by being the first to ride the brand new slide into the pool Tuesday.

Barnesville Mayor Dale Bunting took the dip of a lifetime Tuesday as he celebrated the completion of the pool rehabilitation at Memorial Park.

The pool is set to reopen to the public Thursday, and the occasion will be celebrated with free admission for the public through Sunday. Bunting had the privilege of being the first to enjoy the refurbished facility late Tuesday afternoon, slipping down the newly installed sliding board as the first person to enter the pool this season. He also took the opportunity to frolic through the children’s area like an oversized kid.

The pool reopening is the culmination of almost a year and a half of planning and work that began in February 2017, when village officials learned that the park had received a donation of more than $750,000 from the estate of Lucille Wittmer. Two other large projects made possible by the gift were completed last summer: All major roads and parking areas in the park were repaved and the park’s playground was updated.

Bunting expressed appreciation for all who donate to make the park a central part of the Barnesville community.

“It’s very easy to talk about our community,” he said. “You look at our park and you look at the donations we get and the things that people allow us to do out there, and they know what we do with the money, as far as the village council and the park board. The park is a showcase in memory of a lot of folks that did a lot of things for our community, and I’m very proud of that. We need to honor them.”


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