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Marshall Memo: Moundsville Parks and Recreation Looks Ahead to Busy Year

Although COVID-19 played havoc with a number of new sports attractions which the Moundsville Parks and Recreation had hoped to initiate last summer, it hasn’t dulled plans for this year.

The major undertaking will be a Splash Pad at the city’s East End Playground.

Recreation director John White is engaged in putting together plans for the Splash Pad which will be located on the site of the former children’s pool on the north side of the Four Seasons Pool.

It is estimated that the Splash Pad will cost some $510,000.

White said that attendance at the Four Seasons Pool during recent months has stayed pretty much the same, although he is hopeful that state requirements dealing with attendance at functions such as swimming pools will be increased in the near future.

As to the date of the Splash Pad, White said after it is bid out, the firm which is awarded the bid will be able to complete the undertaking sometime this summer. He added that much of the work will include underground piping.

Speaking of swimming, White said John Marshall High School began practice this past week, and will be holding dual meets in the next few weeks.

White said the second major undertaking will that of upgrading the Park View Playground.

He said that the next upgrading, planned for 2022, will be at Riverview Park.

An ongoing project is that of the “Challenge Yourself” obstacle course at Valley Fork Park.

An undertaking started last year is that of a Pickleball court, which White hopes to attract more participants this year.

The recreation director is looking forward to attracting Summer Sports Camp, Summer 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, and Tee Ball Nights.

An event which was on the agenda for last year, but didn’t start, was that of a Family Fun 5K Walk/Run.

At the Marshall County Commission meeting this past Tuesday, RED Partnership Executive Director Josh Jefferson, who assumed his new duties on Jan. 1, gave an update on his new role.

He announced that Jason Rine has been employed as business development manager for the organization.

RED serves Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel Counties, and one of the organization’s goals is to spend more time with these counties.

Also, at the meeting Marshall County Sheriff Bill Helms appeared asking for permission to increase two security officers from part time to full time, with the request granted.

Security officers are at three locations, the main floor of the courthouse, the judges’ chambers on the second floor, and at the magistrate building.

Other approvals granted by the commissioners were a E-911 agreement with the city of Moundsville dealing with dispatching of fire calls, and updating of the county’s web sites.

It was also pointed out that the commissioners would be holding their final equalization and review tax hearings this week.

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The Marshall County Health Department staff along with several volunteers will have another busy week as there will be testing for COVID-19 on three days.

The testing will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on Court Avenue in front of the Health Department in Moundsville. There will also be two days of vaccinations.

Anyone interested in volunteering at these sites can call Rose Hart at 304-845-2762 or by email at rhart1703@aol.com.

Hart as a member of Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD) has been tasked with finding individuals for such a voluntary event.

Received a telephone call this past week from Bill Harris pertaining to the Cameron American Legion of which he is president.

Our conversation also included the weather, which Harris called as being “Old Fashion.”

Of course, Harris at the age of 95 has been through a number of winters.

Marshall County Schools has begun both 2021-22 Pre-K registration for children becoming 4 years old by July 1, and Kindergarten Screening and Registration for all new students entering kindergarten in August 2021.

If parents of Pre-K age children wish to register their child they are to make an appointment to pick up a registration packet.

As for those who have been in the Pre-K program that do not have to register for Marshall County Kindergarten: If a child is not currently enrolled in a West Virginia Pre-K, the parent needs to make an appointment for kindergarten registration at a school in their area.

To enter a kindergarten program, a child must be 5 years of age prior to the first day of July.

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