For Tom Bechtel, Barb Janetski and Maria Shipley, the summer recreation season in Wheeling began last fall. That's when the three longtime Wheeling Recreation Department employees worked to finalize plans for activities during the warm weather months at city facilities in just about every neighborhood.
Beginning Monday, the free summer day camp for children ages 7-12 will kick off. This program allows city youth to spend one day a week at Oglebay Park's Day Camp. Campers will enjoy swimming, hiking, games, boating, miniature golf, visits to the Good Zoo and plenty of good, old-fashioned fun.
Here is how it works: campers are asked to pack a lunch (drinks provided by the camp), wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes, bring their swimsuit and towel and be at their neighborhood playground no later than 8:25 a.m. on their scheduled day. The Oglebay trolley will pick up the campers and deliver them to the park. Campers are returned to the playground around 2:30 p.m.
Photo by Heather Ziegler/Friends enjoy a friendly pickup game of street hockey at the Edgington Lane playground in Wheeling. Pictured, from left, are Jacob Pleva, 15, Emil Capito, 15, Luke Fahey, 15, Aric Varlas, 16, and Patrick Hurley, 16, all students at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. The Wheeling Recreation Department will kick off the summer recreation season on Monday with a host of camps and special activities at city playgrounds.
Campers must complete a registration form which can be picked up at the Recreation Department or from the playground instructor at a city playground. Once the form is filled out, it is good for the entire summer. Camp continues for seven weeks and is free of charge. The city provides camp counselors to direct the activities.
Also on Monday, arts and crafts will begin at various playgrounds and will be held each day at different locations. Check with the playground counselor.
The popular Youth Bowling League also kicks off next week at Rose Bowl Lanes on Edgington Lane. This instructional league is for youngsters up to 16 and begins at 10 a.m. each Thursday from June 12 to July 17. There is a fee for the seven-week league that includes a T-shirt, instructions and games. Participants can register at the Rose Bowl Lanes or at the Recreation Department located in the City-County Building Annex on 16th Street.
OGLEBAY OFFERING A SUMMER OF FUN
This year's schedule and pick-up locations for this summer's Oglebay Park Day Camp are as follows:
- Bridge Park Playground, North Wabash Street
- Jensen Playground, South Wabash Street
- Belle Isle, North Front Street
- Elks Playground, McColloch Street
- Clator, Figaretti's restaurant
- Edgington Lane Playground, Edgington Lane
- Greggsville Playground, W.Va. 88 and GC&P Road
- Mozart Playground
- 36th Street Playground, 36th and Wood streets
- 26th Street Playground, Center Wheeling, 24th and Eoff streets
- Elm Terrace, East Cove at Elm Terrace Shopping Center lot
- Patterson Playground, Sycamore Avenue
- Overbrook Playground, Lumber Avenue
- Dimmeydale, National Road and Howard Place
- Garden Park, 19th Street and Warwood Avenue
- Oglebay Village/Wheeling Station, bus stop.
The city also offers free tennis lessons for beginners to advanced players starting next week. Lessons are held from 8:45-9:45 a.m. for children 5-8 years; and 10 a.m. to noon for children 9-16 years. Dates: June 9-26, Mondays and Wednesdays at Wheeling Jesuit University and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Edgington Lane; July 7-24, Mondays and Wednesdays at Pulaski Playground, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Patterson Playground. Rackets will provided for those who do not have one.
For a complete guide to summer recreation programs, visit the recreation department or call 304-234-3641.