Locker rooms at JCC South Hills closed for remodeling

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Locker rooms at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Scott will be closed for renovations in the first three months of the New Year, but the swimming room, gymnasium and all other wellness and fitness facilities will remain open and operating.

The $500,000 project is funded by a county grant and with donations from supporters of the JCC.

A grant from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County will be administered by Allegheny County Economic Development.

Improvements to the men’s and women’s locker rooms include replacing the floors with slip-resistant green tile. There will be new walls, ceilings, lighting, lockers and benches as well as plumbing upgrades. Drains will be added to the locker room area. Safety bars and bathing suit “spinners” will also be added.

The JCC applied for the county grant and qualified "because of the size of the community we serve," said Dan Garfinkel, director of the JCC South Hills branch. "We try to never turn away anyone because of need. Last year we provided over $2 million" in assistance.

Renovations are expected to begin Jan. 6 and continue for 12 weeks through the end of March.

About 1,000 members regularly use the wellness and fitness facilities, plus 2,500 members of the Silver Sneakers senior fitness program for people 65 years old and older.

Because of the locker room renovations, a shower has been installed at the 25-yard, six-lane indoor heated pool, which is used by JCC members as well as 40 members of the Tidal Waves Swim Team, for students in grade school through high school, Mr. Garfinkel said.

Members working out in other facilities can use the regular restroom for changing, or are welcome to use the JCC in Squirrel Hill.

Built in 1999, the Jewish Community Center "houses comprehensive fitness and wellness facilities," the news release says. In addition to the swimming pool, there is a double-court gym and an accessible outdoor playground.

Programming at the Scott facility includes the Early Childhood Development Center, private and group swim lessons, summer camps, group exercise classes, personal training and other sports and recreation programs.

Linda Wilson Fuoco: lfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-722-0087.


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