Oglebay a Unique Asset to Wheeling

Even without Oglebay Park, Wheeling would be the envy of residents of many much larger cities because of our network of municipal recreation areas and facilities.

Add Oglebay to the mix, however, and you have something truly special.

A variety of special events and activities have been taking place at Oglebay during the past few days, in observance of the park’s 90th anniversary. The celebration continues today.

It was on July 28, 1928, that Wheeling officials accepted the gift of the property that is now the park, from the estate of Cleveland industrialist Earl W. Oglebay. City leaders established the Wheeling Park Commission to oversee the area and, later, other municipal recreation sites and facilities.

A visit to Oglebay illustrates how well the park commission and its employees have handled the task for many decades. The commission has been an example of local government at its very best.

Growth at the park has accelerated during the past couple of decades, making it an attraction for many out-of-town visitors as well as for local residents. There is something for just about everyone at Oglebay.

Naming even those who have had leading roles in making Oglebay what it has become would require much more space than we have available here. Suffice it to say it has been a team effort, with many individuals standing out.

Congratulations — and “good job” — to all of them, for making Oglebay the wonderful asset it is to our community.

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