Save Our Pool event set for March 8

STEUBENVILLE – The Save Our Pool Committee announced Wednesday they need to raise $50,000 to open the Belleview Pool this summer and prepare for next year’s operations.

The fundraising campaign will start on March 8 with a spaghetti dinner set from noon until 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 33 hall on North Fifth Street.

“Last year when it looked like the Belleview Pool would not open because of financial issues, we saw the community come together to raise the money needed to keep the pool operating for the children of our community. So once again we are asking for community support to keep the pool open and available for our kids and adults,” said Councilman at large Kenny Davis.

The spaghetti dinner is sponsored by the LaBelle Neighbors Who Care and the Community for Youth Development, the two local groups that oversaw the 2013 pool opening and summer operations.

Those two organizations will be joined this year by the Invictus student organization of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

“We were asked to participate so we will help with fundraising efforts. We plan to clean the pool later this spring and we will be spreading the word about the Belleview Pool on the Franciscan University campus,” said Invictus President Eric Paskie.

Tickets for the spaghetti dinner are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

The advance tickets are available at the American Legion Post 33, Historic Fort Steuben Visitors Center, Manfred’s Restaurant and Bar and the Spot Bar.

“This is going to be a great afternoon of family fun, great food and a Chinese drawing. Music will also be provided. And all proceeds go to keeping our Belleview Pool open this summer and for future summers,” said Davis.

Elected officials, businesses and community residents scrambled last year to raise enough money to open the pool in mid-June.

“This has been a struggle, as we worked to obtain funding and to ensure we had all the necessary rules in place. The city will maintain ownership of the pool and the two nonprofit organizations will manage the pool. And after all of the hard work in a short period of time it will be a blessing to see kids swimming in the pool this summer,” stated Mayor Domenick Mucci said last year.

“I know the pool will open again this year because of the outstanding support this community provided and will continue to provide for our city recreation,” added Mucci Wednesday night.

Recreation Board President Sandi Rue said a new recreation director should be hired and on the job by mid-April.

“Last year it was a group of citizens who saved the pool. This year we will have a director who will be able to assist us and to help oversee the pool operations,” said Rue.