STEUBENVILLE - The city's parks and recreation department will host a regional Senior Olympics tournament later this year.
Recreation Director Troy Kirkendall told the parks and recreation board on Wednesday night that he met with Ohio Senior Olympics officials in Columbus last week and secured permission to hold qualifying events in the city.
"The number of events and what events we will hold here will be up to the board. I plan on working with you to help make this a success. At this point I would rather start small and make sure it is a great event. I know there already is interest in a Senior Olympics softball tournament," explained Kirkendall.
Recreation board President Sandi Rue, a Senior Olympics participant in recent years, said she was excited by the announcement.
"This will be a great draw for the city and the area. The Ohio Senior Olympics will be held in Cleveland later this year and then National Senior Olympics will be held in Cleveland again in 2013," said Rue.
Rue also said a Senior Olympics track and field event can be staged at the Harding Stadium track.
According to the Ohio Senior Olympics website, "the Ohio Senior Olympics includes regional competitions held annually around the state. The regional competitions are hosted by organizations interested in the Senior Olympics mission of promoting healthy lifestyles for people age 50 and over."
In other business, the board approved several facility requests including;
The annual Steubenville Boys Summer Slam basketball tournament slated June 2-3 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.
Jim Wood Park for the Steubenville High School soccer practice from June through August.
The MLK Recreation Center outdoor basketball courts for the annual Steubenville Community Inc. basketball tournament on July 13-15.
The Belleview Park tennis courts two days a week for the Ohio Valley Ladies Tennis Association.
The North End Park for the eighth annual African-American Heritage Festival on Aug. 3-5.
The North End Park ballfield for softball practice by New Life Worship of Weirton.
The board also discussed changing operation hours for the MLK Center during the summer months.
And Rue called for the board to consider setting a protocol that will require visitors to the board meetings to discuss issues not on the agenda during a public forum at the end of the meetings.
"Those people we have requested to attend the meeting or someone who has notified Troy of their need to speak regarding an issue on the agenda can speak during the meeting," said Rue.