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2022 Pool Season Concludes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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City Park Swimming Pool

The main swimming pool at the city park will close for the season effective immediately.

The City Park Splash Pad will remain operational as scheduled on Friday and Saturday, August 27th & 28th and again, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, September 3’•, 4th & 5th

Public Works Director Everett Shears and Parks Supervisor Buck Mccroskey notified Mayor Tom Joyce this afternoon that the main pump which circulates water for the swimming pool failed and cannot be repaired in a time frame commensurate with safe operations for the last few days scheduled for the 2022 season.

“The Splash Pad operates on a separate and independent circulation and purification system than does the main pool.” –Everett Shears

“After conferring with Buck and the other Certified Poof Operators on staff and touching base with the Parkersburg YMCA who operates and staffs the pools, we determined early closure our only option, but all agreed that the splash Pad could safely remain open for use during these fast few days of the season.”

Shears

Adults will be admitted free to the City Park Splash Pad with children’s rates being the same for these remaining days.

Southwood Pool will be open as normal during the remainder of the season which is also weekends only as previously communicated.

Everett has already arranged to have the main pump removed and sent out for a focal independent review for repair and rebuild, the current pump was installed in 2015, three years prior to the splash pod build and pool remodel completed a few years ago. ff the pump cannot be adequately repaired, we will make arrangements to replace the pump for next season. -Tom Joyce

2022 was another successful year for the City of Parkersburg Pools with total City Park attendance of 16,815 to date and Southwood Attendance of 7729.

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PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING APRIL 1, 2020 AS “CENSUS DAY”

April 1, 2020 is Census Day, the day that determines who is counted in the 2020 Census and where they are counted.

It is vital that all households in Parkersburg complete and submit a census form and every resident of our community counts and deserves to be counted!

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and is key to shaping the future of communities. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs legislative district boundaries. They also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers to communities for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency services, schools and bridges each year over the next 10 years.

Please find Mayor Joyce’s proclamation below;

Census Proclamation

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FIVE YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN, AND ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE

The City of Parkersburg and the Parkersburg/Wood County HOME Consortium is currently seeking information for the City’s 2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The Consolidated Plan is designed to assess affordable housing and community development needs and to inform data-driven, place-based investment decisions. This planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program.

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (A.I.) is designed to improve community planning in order to overcome fair housing issues. The process begins with community participation and will result in the setting of fair housing goals to increase fair housing choice and provide equal access to opportunity for all community members. When completed, the A.I and Consolidated Plan will be used as a policy guide for making investments and other decisions in the local planning processes.

As part of the planning process, the City is conducting a survey to identify residents’ needs in the community, ideas on how residents would like to see funds utilized under the CDBG and HOME Programs and fair housing concerns. Please take a few minutes and complete this confidential survey to the best of your ability.  The link to the resident survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CityofParkersburg.

Also, all interested residents are encouraged to attend a public hearing on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., at the Parkersburg Municipal Building, Executive Conference Room 2nd Floor, One Government Square, Parkersburg, WV. Attendees will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the needs of the City of Parkersburg and the use of CDBG and HOME funds to address those needs over the next five (5) years.  Written comments may be addressed to Mr. Ryan Barber, Development Projects Administrator, City of Parkersburg, One Government Square, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

A special thanks to Urban Design Ventures (Homestead, PA) which is a private consulting firm working with the City to facilitate this planning process.

 

Contact:

Ryan Barber

Development Projects Administrator

P: 304.424.8542

E: ryan.barber@parkersburgwv.gov

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Construction to Start on JULEPS Accessible Playground Expansion Project

Construction on the expansion of the JULEPS Playground is slated to begin on Thursday, October 24, 2019.  Improvements include the installation of 3,600 square feet of synthetic turf and accessible playground designed for children of all abilities between the ages of 5 and 12.  Once completed, this playground will provide playground access to over 100 children. Work will start each day no earlier than 7:00AM and finish by 6:00PM in accordance with City Ordinance 0-621. Work is anticipated to be completed by November 30, 2019 (pending weather-related delays).

Funding for this project is made possible in part by The National Park Service, Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the City of Parkersburg.

A special thanks to the Junior League of Parkersburg for initiating the JULEPS Playground Phase 1. The Junior League was responsible for the first inclusive playground in Parkersburg and the City is proud to advance its original vision.

For questions regarding the construction schedule, please contact the Development Department at 304-424-8452. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the public’s cooperation during the construction project.

Contact:

Ryan Barber

Development Projects Administrator

City of Parkersburg

P: 304.424.8542

E: ryan.barber@parkersburgwv.gov

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COPE Officer

The Community Development Block Grant provides funding for critical public services, which includes assistance to the City’s Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Program. This program has operated since 1996 and was continued again in 2017. It is the mission of the Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Unit to work with all citizens to preserve life, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.  Our COPE Officer can be seen attending Neighborhood Watch meetings, addiction support groups, as well as numerous youth events throughout different neighborhoods.  Funds are also used to support expenses related to neighborhood bike patrols.  In 2017, the City of Parkersburg allocated $75,000 for this important program.

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