Mt. Lebanon's renovated pool to open June 15

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When the Mt. Lebanon pool opens June 15 after a $4.1 million renovation, visitors will find a new 23-foot-high twisting double water slide, lap lanes and a children’s play area that includes a poolside rock climbing wall.

“It’s a beautiful modern facility, friendly for all patrons from children to adults,” said Bob Hlebinski, facilities manager of Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center. The pool is in the recreation center complex off Cedar Boulevard in Mt. Lebanon Park.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated pool will be held at 11 a.m. June 15, and there will be games and music throughout the day.

The first change visitors will see is that they no longer need to enter the pool via the bathhouse. A direct entry system has been added.  

Swimmers can now enter the water using the zero-depth, beach-like access that leads to a wading area. The separate wading pool for young children has been removed.

The pool is not noticeably larger than the original, Mr. Hlebinski said, but lap lanes have been added along with the play area. 

“The [original] pool wasn’t user-friendly for families with small children,” Mr. Hlebinski said of the pool, which was built in 1977. “The bathhouse and play structures were antiquated, and it had the original plumbing and infiltration system.” 

The filtration system and heater have been replaced, and other renovations to comply with American with Disabilities Act standards have been completed. The pool has been sandblasted and painted, and the deck equipment has been replaced. 

“We see, give or take, about 1,000 people at the pool each day,” Mr. Hlebinski said. That number includes an average of 400 pass holders.

So far, the pool is about $30,000 ahead of last year’s pool pass sales, he said.

Groundbreaking to replace the original structure took place in November 2013. The new pool was designed by architect Mark Edelmann of EPM Architecture in Bradford Woods and Wade Associates LLC of Harrisburg. General contractor was DiMarco Construction of Clairton.

Before the grand opening, the pool will undergo a final Health Department and electrical inspection. Finishing touches are being applied to paint work, the bathhouse and snack bar.

The pool staff of 40 or so summer employees is being finalized.

Details: mtlebanon.org or 412-561-4363.

Laurie Bailey, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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