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Pool is operating swimmingly

STEUBENVILLE — It hasn’t been the best of summers for swimming, but all things considered, Steubenville Parks and Recreation Director Lori Fetherolf said she’s satisfied.

“We’ve had good days and bad days,” she said. “Attendance is way less than it was two years ago, but we haven’t had any parties this year, we haven’t had any dollar days. I think that’s affected attendance.”

Fetherolf said Belleview Pool is “probably averaging somewhere around 50” guests a day.

“The weather has played into it, we’ve had a lot of rain,” she said. “We’ve been rained out quite a bit, but I think everybody who comes to the pool is happy. We’ve had no mechanical problems since we got it up and running.”

The pool did open about two weeks late, but that was because of a malfunctioning pump. It was patched up for this season, and a replacement pump was purchased and will be installed before the 2022 season.

“We’re actually getting estimates on other repairs that need done so we’re not waiting to the last minute,” Fetherolf said, adding Jefferson County commissioners a few weeks ago awarded them a $10,000 grant. She said they’re going to use that money to have the pool professionally painted.

“We also have some plumbing issues that will be taken care of, things that won’t have to be taken care of next year,” she said.

The pool will be closing Aug. 8, mostly because it’s staffed by high school kids.

“Our staff is high school kids, seven out of 10 are high school kids playing sports, so we won’t have the staff,” she said. “But, on a good note, from what we hear from our guards, they all want to come back, so we shouldn’t have to deal with a lifeguard shortage next year, which is great. If we can get them all back plus add a few extra, we’ll be in (good shape).”

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