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YMCA opens Greensburg pool with a splash

| Thursday, May 15, 2014, 8:48 p.m.
Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review
DUCKS IN A ROW Jamie Bartley, a South Greensburg volunteer firefighter and chairman of the 2014 Westmoreland County Fireman's Convention, counts the number of ducks retrieved during a trial run for the rubber duck race. The volunteers held the trial race in Jacks Run on May 8. The convention will be held June 19- 21, with the parade scheduled for noon on June 21.

The new manager of the Greensburg Veterans' Memorial Pool will offer a free test run.

The YMCA in Greensburg — which will operate the pool for the city for first time this year — will offer free family entertainment 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 31 and June 1.

“It's going to be a fun event for everyone interested in looking at the pool we'll be operating,” said George O'Brien, YMCA chief executive officer.

Games, giveaways and sales of season pool passes will be offered.

In November, city council unanimously awarded the Y a three-year contract to manage the pool. The YMCA will handle such duties as hiring lifeguards and maintaining the pool and will pay the city $2,500 annually.

The YMCA benefits through the programs it can offer at the pool on New Alexandria Road and by enhancing membership, O'Brien said. The Y has a pool in its South Maple Avenue building.

“We do programs and we do it well,” O'Brien said.

Under the agreement, the city remains responsible for capital improvements.

“The city believes the partnership with the YMCA on the pool is a mutually beneficial one,” City Administrator Sue Trout said. “The YMCA ... will now operate pools year-round while combining the pool passes to increase their membership.

“The city no longer has the daily management responsibilities, saving the taxpayer operating costs, specifically in bad weather seasons,” she added.

City officials have estimated the pool brings in $10,000 to $15,000 in a good season and loses as much as $18,000 in a season troubled by bad weather.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or