A lot of big changes are happening at Wheeling Park. If you’ve been around the property lately, you’ve probably noticed the scaffolding covering the front of the White Palace. It’s just one of several improvement projects happening around the park.
The White Palace was first constructed in 1926, and at 90 years old the building at Wheeling Park is finally getting a face lift. Right now, the stucco is being removed and completely redone on the front of the building in order to reseal the wall and prevent moisture from trapping behind it. But don’t worry, the building won’t look any different.
“The White Palace will remain white. Now we’re going to be using a product that may gray a little bit when it’s wet, but it will remain white. The product we’re choosing to use apparently breaths and will be much sturdier. The last surface lasted us since 1926, so I think this a good job,” said John Hargleroad, Wheeling Park Operations Director.
Paige Madden reporting: The park is also in the process of replacing the “chiller plant” for the ice rink. The new ice-making machines will now sit outside where they can operate more efficiently. And good news for the Wheeling Amateur Hockey Association–the rink will be back open on October 21st. And that’s not all! A new tennis bubble is now open for use.
“We just opened a new tennis dome on Monday evening, and it has been very well-received. The lighting is three times brighter than it was before we replaced the lighting, and the structure is insulated so it should be much more energy efficient,” said Hargleroad.
So what’s in store for the future? Hargleroad says they will someday resurface the remaining exterior walls of the White Palace, renovate the entire first floor, and replace the concrete slab in the ice rink.
Director John Hargleroad also said the renovations to the White Palace have not affected building operations in any way and that events are still going on through the project’s completion at the end of October.