As the 2022 season comes to a close, The City of Parkersburg is pleased to announce over 25,000 visitors enjoyed both City Park and Southwood Park pools. Highlighting recent substantial investments at City Park coupled with planned improvements at Southwood Park will keep the City of Parkersburg in a competitive position to offer first-rate pool recreation to our citizens and visitors alike.

Once again, the City of Parkersburg offered the Schools to Pools program for the 2022 season. The Schools to Pools program provides a free pool pass to kindergarten through 5th-grade students residing within the City of Parkersburg and belonging to a household with a qualifying income. This season, 259 students received passes through the Schools to Pools program.

“This program has been a very well received and impactful for youth in Parkersburg for several years, it affords young people, the opportunity to play and recreate in a safe environment regardless of means.” -Tom Joyce Mayor Parkersburg WV  

In addition to the regular attendees, the local Red Cross has provided free swimming lessons to hundreds of youth who would otherwise have to pay for such an opportunity.  The  Wood County Recreation Commission Summer Adventure program had the opportunity to bring its summer participants to the City Park and enjoy the pool and splash pad.

“Our pools are for the community, and I am pleased to see such active engagement and participation from so many taking advantage of the facilities.”-Tom Joyce Mayor Parkersburg WV