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Wheeling Pools Prepare To Close for Season

photo by: Photo by Shelley Hanson

Enjoying the Wheeling Island swimming pool on Friday are, from left, Shauntya Yuhas, 11; Amiya Fisher, 9; and Sanira Wilians, 9, all of Wheeling. The city’s pools are reducing hours and days of operation as summer winds down. Wheeling Island’s last day is Sunday, Aug. 14, but a movie night still is planned for Aug. 19.

WHEELING – It may not feel like summertime is winding down, but with back-to-school time nearing the City of Wheeling’s swimming pools, along with pools at Wheeling and Oglebay Parks, will be closing soon for the season.

The city announced Friday on its social media that both the Wheeling Island and Grandview pools’ final day of operation for the season would be Sunday, Aug. 14.
Meanwhile the Warwood and South Wheeling pools would remain open only on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 4. Their hours are also being reduced on those days from noon to 4 p.m.

The Wheeling Island pool will still host a free movie night on Aug. 19, showing the film “Playing With Fire.” The evening begins at 6 p.m. with free swimming, crafts and games. The movie will begin at 9:30 p.m.

In addition to the coming change in the weather, the reason for closing the pools this time of year has much to do with staffing the facilities. Most of the pools in the Ohio Valley have lifeguards who are of school age with them either going back to high school or college classes in the fall.

Also, Wheeling Park’s swimming pool will also have reduced days and hours beginning Aug. 15. Starting Aug. 15, the pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. On Labor Day weekend, the pool will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, which will be the final day of the season.

photo by: Photo by Shelley Hanson

Wheeling Island swimming pool lifeguard Larysa Brothers, 16, watches over children in the kiddie pool on Friday.

Oglebay Park’s swimming pool and splash pad will be open on weekends only starting Aug. 22 and is set to close for the season after Sept. 5. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The pool is slated to once again host its Drool at the Pool for dogs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10. The event gives dog owners the chance to swim with their canine friends in the pool before it drainede for the season. The cost is $10 and dog owners must provide proof of the animal’s vaccinations. Proceeds from the event benefit the Good Zoo’s animals.

The Drool at the Pool is part of Oglebay’s Paws in the Park events also being Sept. 10. At 9 a.m. people are invited to enjoy the park’s grounds during a Best Friend Hike starting at the Schenk Lake Boathouse. In the afternoon, a K-9 Meet and Greet is slated for 2 p.m. at Schenk Lake with a member of the Wheeling Police Department’s K-9 Unit. And between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., children can meet Paw Patrol cartoon characters at Schenk Lake and have their photo taken with them.

A Great Dane enjoys cooling off at Oglebay Park’s swimming pool during last year’s Drool at the Pool event. This year’s event is slated for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

A golden retriever enjoys swimming and fetching tennis balls at Oglebay Park’s swimming pool during last year’s Drool at the Pool event. This year’s event is slated for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

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