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Recreational Facilities Are Neighborhood Gems Around Warwood

Photo by Eric Ayres New playground upgrades with new equipment, mulch and other features have been a welcome addition to parks throughout the city of Wheeling in recent years, including upgrades at all three city parks in Warwood — like this playground facility at the North 24th Street Park.

WHEELING — The city of Wheeling continues to focus on bringing recreational opportunities to its neighborhoods, and Warwood is no exception to the ongoing effort.

In recent years, a number of investments have been made at the local parks, playgrounds and other recreational facilities in Warwood.

Wheeling City Councilman and Vice Mayor Chad Thalman this past week said city leaders continue to eye exciting new additions to the neighborhood’s public recreational facilities. In his role as councilman, Thalman represents Ward 1, in which the city’s northernmost neighborhood of Warwood is nestled.

“Over the last several years, the city has invested in recreation and has taken other steps to improve quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Thalman said. “Since 2016 four new tennis courts in Warwood have opened, all three playgrounds have been replaced with new equipment and part of the jogging trail has been repaved.”

Situated along the Ohio River, Warwood is home to a significant stretch of Wheeling Heritage Trail. The new tennis courts are located adjacent to the trail and are just a block away from the neighborhood’s central recreational hub, Garden Park. During the summer, Garden Park is home to the city’s Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays concert series, as well as one of the popular monthly Movie Nights.

“Going forward we are working on plans to repave the Garden Park basketball court, looking at adding a small dog park next to the tennis courts and discussing the feasibility of adding a splash pad to the Warwood Pool,” Thalman noted.

In recent years, city leaders have been discussing the possibility of opening smaller neighborhood dog parks in other areas of Wheeling in the wake of the development of the popular Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park near Tunnel Green. Neighborhoods of Elm Grove and Warwood have been named among the potential future dog park sites.

Other properties are being eyed for additional recreational opportunities, officials noted.

The city recently demolished a large former church building at 99 North 23rd Street in Warwood, and the property has since been cleared. Thalman noted that officials are exploring the possibility of creating a new park area on this vacant site.

Playground upgrades have been a focus in the city in recent years. The Garden Park Playground, North 24th Street Playground and Loveland Park Playground off of North 3rd Street received makeovers which include more modern playground equipment, mulch and other improvements.

There are also sports recreation areas in addition to the new tennis courts, including ballfields at North 24th Street Park, Garden Park and the Wheeling Lock 12 Ballfields.

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