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Parks Still Planning for Summer Fun

The parking lot at Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge was nearly void of all vehicles on Wednesday, but park officials are making plans to reinvigorate the community with summer fun activities.

WHEELING – The Wheeling Park Commission has its eyes on Memorial Day weekend to bring life, as we know it, back to Oglebay and Wheeling parks.

All plans are tentative based on the current stay-at-home mandate issued by tri-state officials as the country and world battle the current coronavirus pandemic.

Wheeling Park Commission President and CEO David Lindelow on Wednesday said while all non-essential operations at the parks are closed at this point, he and staff are working on plans to welcome summer activities when permitted.

Lindelow said his sense of things is that Oglebay has always been very busy through the weekends, but slows on Sundays. He wants to change that.

“I have seen things get quiet on Sundays so we’ve come up with a plan to focus on Ohio County residents with ‘Sunday Fun Days’ this summer. We hope to initiate this Memorial Day through Labor Day,” Lindelow said. “After all, we are the park for the people of Ohio County.”

Lindelow said the Sunday Fun Days would include reduced prices and special rates throughout the park.

“The free Sunday concerts at Oglebay will be bigger and better,” he said.

He said the sale of wristbands will not be limited to certain events, but will include all amenities at the park.

Currently, Oglebay is undergoing improvements to several of its recreational offerings.

“We are putting some investment into the paddle boats, mini golf and tennis areas,” he said. “We are investing back into the park.”

Work was being doing this week on adding copper flashing to the roof at the Crispin Center which houses both the golf and outdoor pool facilities and the Pine Room. The Crispin Center was completed in 1938 and is constructed of natural sandstone. It remains a testament to the craftsmanship of the Depression-era workers who made it possible.

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