Cranberry pool and municipal center to get major improvements

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Major improvements are awaiting patrons of Cranberry’s popular swimming complex and municipal center.

The municipal center, located on Rochester Road, is undergoing a major renovation that will expand the heavily used parks and recreation area and the preschool, replace the roof and the HVAC system, and give a facelift to the carpeting and the lighting in the building.

“This building is about 25 years old. We want to make sure we stay on top of things and continue to keep customer service friendly,” said Assistant Township Manager Duane McKee. He said the $3.3 million project will be finished this year.

The biggest aspect of the work is a redo of the 7,000-square-foot area that formerly housed the township’s police department. About half the space will be for expanded preschool rooms and the balance will be for activity and meeting rooms. “We could do some small aerobics classes or be able to schedule more meetings (for community groups,)” Mr. McKee said.

A large portion of the roof of the building is to be replaced as is the heating and air conditioning system. Portions of carpeting in the most heavily traveled areas of the building will be replaced and high-efficiency lighting fixtures will be installed. Also, the rear parking lot at the building will be resealed.

Work will be bid in February and the project is expected to finished by November.

Meantime, township staff has decided to recommend construction of a new baby pool at the North Boundary Park swimming complex. Officials had been debating whether to expand the zero-depth-entry area of the pool or construct a separate facility. Mr. McKee said township supervisor have yet to give their stamp of approval to the plans but staff has decided to recommend a separate baby pool. He said the idea is to construct it between the existing pool and water spray playground. The project cost will be about $1.2 million. He said the facility “will definitely have some ‘wow’ factors. We want something that will b very interactive for the kids,” he said.

He expects the project to get under way after the pool closes for the 2014 season. It will be finished and open for use before the 2015 season.

Karen Kane: or 724-772-9180

Karen Kane: or at 724-772-9180.

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