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Lewis-Wetzel Pool to Open Soon

By Staff | Jun 22, 2016

The wait will soon be over for those who have been anticipating a new swimming pool in New Martinsville.

Lewis-Wetzel Pool will be open for business as soon as the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation receives, and installs, the pool’s pumps and water features. Parks and Recreation Director Bev Gibb hopes this all could occur by the second week of July.

“I’ll know shortly if we can pick up the pumps ourselves,” Gibb noted, hoping to expedite the process.

The project for a new pool has been no quick, or easy, feat; it’s a project that has involved several different entities and companies, such as contractor Litman Excavating and subcontractor ADI Pools. Water features have been purchased from Rain Drop Products and Bomar Soft Playgrounds.

“We’ve also purchased a lot of materials from Ace and Walton Electric,” Gibb noted.

Gibb said the venture has stayed within its budget, though “it’s expensive.” A $25,000 donation from the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a $125,000 donation from the Wetzel County Commission, have helped to make the expenditure a bit less painful, but the cost will still be about one million dollars.

The project is being paid for with bonds, which Gibb noted was a “real learning experience” in itself “with the bankers and lawyers.”

However the project is now “down to the nitty gritty and the last few weeks.”

“I really appreciate people being so patient with the pool,” Gibb added. “It’s going to be a lot of fun and really nice. We will have an all new deck, new fencing around the front.”

“It’s exciting to see it happening.”

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There is plenty still happening in the City of New Martinsville for Summer 2016. Currently the second week of Safety Town is being held at Lewis-Wetzel Family Center. Art, basketball, ultimate frisbee, and soccer camp are all each coming up, and the Ohio River Sweep was held this past Saturday, June 18.

New Martinsville Parks and Recreation held its first “Movie in the Park” for Summer 2016 on June 18, with the next movie, Inside Out, scheduled for July 15. The first “Music Monday” was held June 20, with next one set for July 18, 7-9 p.m.

The always popular “Arts in the Park” is less than a month away as well, slated for July 4, 1-5 p.m.

For more information, including questions about camp openings, contact NM Parks and Recreation at 304-455-9130. Or, follow them on Facebook: NM Parks