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Independence Key To Parks’ Success

September 29, 2013

Oglebay and Wheeling parks have expanded and improved by leaps and bounds since 1972, when Roland “Ron” Hobbs became one of the Wheeling Park Commission’s five member....

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Sep-29-13 1:28 AM

The process of turning Oglebay into a resort began in the early 1960s-pre Hobbs- with the opening of the Lodge; recently expanded with a generous private gift from the Lutz family(which has not been properly recognized.) Early on the Commission seems to have perceived Wheeling was dying. Oglebay had to turn to tourism-out of town patrons- to survive and grow. This saved the Park and made it grow while the City has declined horribly. Yet this lesson was lost with the more recent Downtown Projects; the Capitol in particular. These were also under non-city control(WNHAC) by most of the same Park Commissioners. What happened to the tens of millions Byrd contributed? Downtown is much worse off now than prior to the millions invested.

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