WEIRTON - Starvaggi Memorial Park is a little closer to being ready for the summer, thanks to some help from Comcast and local volunteers.
Several dozen area residents and Comcast employees gathered at the Weirton park Saturday to lend a hand as part of the 12th-annual Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast Cares Day is a day of service organized by Comcast and NBC Universal. According to Comcast officials, it is the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort.
Several dozen area residents joined with employees of Comcast Saturday to volunteer with various clean-up projects at Starvaggi Memorial Park. The clean-up was part of the 12th-annual Comcast Cares Day, which took place in communities across the nation. -- Craig Howell
Parks Executive Director Terry Weigel, also Weirton's Ward 7 councilman, explained he had been contacted by Comcast about the effort, and they discussed the possibility of working at both the Millsop Community Center and the Marland Heights Park before deciding to have the focus at Starvaggi.
"This being the largest outdoor park in the city and needing the most preparation, we decided to come here," he said. "This is a big help having this volunteer effort."
Several of the volunteers, many local high school students, spent a portion of their morning painting the park's boundary fence.
"That hadn't been done in years," Weigel said.
Others raked leaves, performed landscaping, prepared the playground and other tasks in an effort to beautify the park.
One group was charged with painting the park's upper restroom. That project will be a big help, Weigel said, as park staff prepares to remodel the restroom facility later this year.
"We're putting new sinks, toilets, partitions and everything in there," Weigel said.
Area businesses donated much of the material to assist with Saturday's work, Weigel said.
"We're honored to partner with the City of Weirton and the Weirton Recreation Center to work together to improve Starvaggi Memorial Park during our 12th Comcast Cares Day," stated Jim Samaha, senior vice president for Comcast's Keystone Region. "The hard work of the volunteers who will be donating their time to help make such a big difference in the lives of others is inspiring, and I am thankful to all of our participants who are helping to make the day a success."
Comcast estimated more than 70,000 volunteers would participate in more than 600 projects across the country. The effort was first held in 2001.
Weigel explained the park also recently received some assistance from a Weirton church, members of which spent approximately four hours on some projects.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)