New swimming pool to be built in Randolph County


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ELKINS, W.Va. – The Randolph County Commission voted unanimously to approve a $1.3 million swimming pool and splash pad construction project. However, not all members of the community agree with the decision.

Randolph County Commissioners held a public hearing Thursday afternoon at their office in Elkins. Concerned citizens packed into commission chambers waiting to speak about the proposed pool improvements. Most of the public speakers were comprised of parents, coaches and kids from the local swim team.

Although the attending community members agreed with the commissioners on the construction of the pool and splash pad, they have concerns about the proposed size of the pool. The construction plans do not include expanding the pool to the dimensions the swim team needs to compete.

More than a hundred competitive swimmers on the swim team currently use the Davis and Elkin’s College indoor pool for practice and swim meets. Coaches and parents said that if the agreement between the team and D&E falls through, then the team will have no place to practice or host swim meets.

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