UPDATE: City Park pool and splash pad now open to the public

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Parkersburg’s newest attraction is open just in time for summer.

Dozens came out for the grand opening of the Splash Pad at City Park and the renovated pool at the park.

Officials call it a great addition to what’s already a beautiful park.

Mayor Tom Joyce says this project was more than 2 years in the making and well worth it.

“It’s about giving folks of all ages and all abilities an outlet and a facility they can enjoy and this is what tax dollars should be doing, I mean quite frankly and a project of this scope to include the renovations to the existing pool and the new splash pad it’s a big deal for the city of Parkersburg," Mayor Joyce said.

In a post on the mayor’s Facebook page, the mayor said “the project was made possible by generous investors, dedicated foundations, supportive community members, forward-thinking city council members, and hard-working city employees.

UPDATE: 5/15/2019

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce announced at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that the City Park Pool and Splash Pad will be open beginning Friday, May 31 at noon. Admission that day to both City Park and Southwood Park Pools will be free to all attendees. Each family present at the City Park pool that day will be eligible to win a free family summer pool pass.

The Grand Opening celebration, beginning at 11:30 AM, is open to the public and will include city leadership, representatives from Hunt Valley Contractors, as well as some of the area children who were present for the groundbreaking on September 4, 2018.

In a news release, the city noted the assistance of several project sponsors, including the Spartan Foundation, McDonough Foundation, Ross Foundation, Highmark WV,
Sisters Health Foundation, and the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.

UPDATE: 5/8/2019

Parkersburg's mayor says renovations to the City Park pool are 85% complete.

Mayor Tom Joyce had a look Wednesday at the work, including construction of a new splash pad, ahead of the summer season.

Work began on the project in the summer of 2018, but Joyce says construction crews have taken advantage of warmer weather to make a lot of progress.

"I know on several occasions, as recently as this week," the mayor said, "They've been out here until 7,8:00 at night, making sure things are being done to the specifications of all the bids and criteria. It's really coming along well."

A grand opening could take place in a few weeks, but the mayor notes the pool and nearby concession stand still need a health department inspection.

Some smaller renovations are also planned for the Southwood Park pool.