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Elkins Looking To Construct Splash Pad, Outdoor Pool

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ELKINS -

It's not really summer without a little swimming, and the city of Elkins is making sure its residents have a place to swim.

Cities like Weston, Buckhannon, and Clarksburg have built or made improvements to its pools. Now Elkins is looking at bringing some summer fun.

Elkins has very limited places where kids can enjoy a good cooling off. Elkins Mayor Van Broughton and several supporters are discussing ideas of ways of changing that.

"The community is starting to talk about interest in the splash pad, and the water park type of pool, and also a swimming pool," Broughton said.

Facilities at Davis and Elkins College are not always open to the public, and the Elks Club outdoor pool is located outside of town. The pool at the YMCA is currently shut down for remodeling. Social media got the conversation started about looking at building an outdoor public pool complex. So far that support is in the hundreds.

The general consensus is that having a public pool would be a big attraction not only for its residents, but those living outside the area.

"We really feel swimming is up and coming around the area, plus with all the tourism we have coming through Elkins and Randolph County that also another asset we could add here," Broughton said.

Broughton said the short term goal is to have a splash pad built in one or two years either in areas proposed like the Elkins Railyard or Glendale Park. The long term goal is to have an outdoor public pool built later. Community members said it's something that's definitely needed.

"A public pool would be great for the kids around here, we do have couple pools around here, but one is closed right now. The children in this area love to go swimming and it is needed," said Alberta Higgins.

"I can have a bigger pool to go in, and my friends would probably go to it, so I can have fun with them," said Joshua Channels.

Broughton said when it comes to helping children, he said you can always find money. The city's putting a committee together to look for various grants.

"They are really excited, we do offer a lot for the youth to do around here, but you can never have enough for them to do."

A public meeting is scheduled for July 24 at 6 p.m. at Elkins City Park. More information can be found here.