Weirton, Hancock County
Construction Date: 1934
Threat: Deferred Maintenance; Demolition
May 2019 Update: Control of the property has been turned back over to the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation. The Marland Heights Community Association is still an active organization assisting the Parks Board, but it was unable to raise the necessary funds to restore the pool.
2017 Update: In January 2017, the Marland Heights Community Association (MHCA) started obtaining pool filtration equipment. They hosted a Golf Scramble event on June 25, 2017 at the Woodview Golf Course. The proceeds of the fund raiser will be used towards purchasing the remainder of the pool filtration equipment.
2014: The Margaret Mason Weir Memorial Pool is part of the Marland Heights Park complex. Constructed during the Weirton Steel Company’s boom years, the Art Deco swimming pool is unique to its designer, Wesley Bintz, known for his patented ovoid above-ground pool style. In 1983, the City of Weirton obtained ownership of the pool, and closed it in 2005, although the park remains open. Plans to demolish the pool were halted in 2012 by support from the community. This display of support led the City to allow the support group known as the Marland Heights Community Association, Inc. to take steps in order to save the pool. Currently, a feasibility study is being conducted to determine whether the swimming pool can be successful if reopened. If determined feasible, Weirton will allow the Association to save the pool. The Marland Heights Community Association, Inc. is fundraising to update the pool and reopen it so that it can continue to be enjoyed by community residents.
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