Finally! It’s swimming season again

Area pools prepared to open today

  • By Joelle Smith
    Staff writer
May 23, 2014
It’s that time of year again. Area pools are ready to open for the season. - Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Water levels are climbing with the temperatures at swimming pools throughout the area.

Both Washington Park Pool and Canonsburg Town Park Pool are preparing to open today to kick off the Memorial Day weekend.

Councilman Terry Faust, Washington’s Parks and Recreation Department head, said Washington Park Pool received a face-lift for the 2014 season.

Facility renovations included a water fountain and construction of a pavilion between the baby pool and main pool “to provide more shade for the people,” Faust said.

In addition to the pavilion, renters have access to a grill added to the pool grounds this summer. Plans to refurbish the pool’s bathhouse have recently been approved.

The only Olympic-size pool in Washington County also sports a fresh paint job, lane line markers extending the pool’s length and width, a newly installed circulator pump, as well as two wheelchair lifts in the main pool and a handicapped-accessible entrance for the baby pool.

Despite the latest accommodations, pool admission fees remain the same as last season. Children under the age of 3 can visit the pool for free. Others pay $5 for a daily pass, and season passes are available.

The pool is scheduled to close Labor Day, but restorations will resume through the offseason.

“It’s an ongoing project, and we’ll continue to improve,” Faust said.

Washington Park Pool will be open on weekends until area school districts conclude classes, at which point the pool will open on weekdays. Hours run from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Swimmers also can take a dip at Canonsburg Town Park Pool beginning at noon today and continuing through Monday. Regular weekday pool hours begin the following weekend.

The pool water is “crystal clear,” thanks to a new robotic cleaner, said Councilman Rich Russo.

The pool also has undergone renovations to the concession stand and women’s locker room. Admission is $6 for a day pass, and entry is free for children ages 3 and younger. Season passes also are available, and volunteers are welcome.

Mineral Beach, on Route 88 in Finleyville, opened its pool earlier than most. The pool opened to the public Friday, and it will remain open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Pool owner Betty Abel said the pool has been a landmark in the town since 1926. It gets scrubbed down and receives a fresh coat of paint each year before opening day.

“It’s old, and we try to keep it as original as possible,” Abel said, boasting that the pool has “the best french fries in town.”

Sunset Beach Park in Claysville will open Saturday, June 7, with hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $9 for people 12 and older; $7 for children ages 4 to 11; and free for children 3 and younger.

The pool features a one-and-a-half-foot-deep kiddie area with animal-themed water slides. The rest of the 1.5 million-gallon main pool includes a water slide, splash bucket, water umbrella, diving board and water sports.

Pine Cove, a private pool in Charleroi, also opens to the public today.

Staff writer Emily Petsko contributed to this report.



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