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Local outdoor pools open for season

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review
Work is under at the Laurel Mountain Park pool located at 32 Walnut Road in Laurel Mountain Borough, Laughlintown photographed on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
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Ligonier Beach held its opening day on Monday, May 26, 2014, but the water was not usable due to a chlorinator problem.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Customers exit the Ligonier Beach front entrance as the water was not useable during opening day on Monday, May 26, 2014 in Ligonier along Route 30.

Ligonier Beach and Laurel Mountain Park Inc.'s pools are preparing for another season of relaxing recreation in the Ligonier Valley.

Ligonier Beach, along Route 30 in Ligonier Township, opened during Memorial Day weekend, but its pool was not in use due to an issue with its chlorinator. Manager Sherry Kozar said guests can expect crystal clear water by Thursday.

The on-site restaurant and bar will have a “whole new menu” for customers to enjoy this year, Kozar said.

“We're going to do some new things at the bar, new drinks, frozen drinks,” she said.

The pool, measuring 400-by-125 feet, has been in business since 1925. Kozar has been operating it since 2008, after purchasing it from her father, who bought it in 1998.

Throughout the summer, guests will be able to sign up for chances to win four free tickets to the pool, Kozar said. The prize package will include a special poolside area set up with four Adirondack chairs, a bucket of beer and other prizes, like sunglasses and flip flops, Kozar said. Winners will be drawn every Saturday from June through August.

For the grand prize drawing at the end of the summer, one lucky winner will take home the four Adirondack chairs.

Kozar said the promotion, in partnership with Corona, is called “Find Your Beach.”

“We say you don't have to look any farther than Ligonier Beach,” she said.

Bands will play at the beach from 2 to 6 p.m. every Sunday, weather permitting. “Fire Pit Fridays” will include acoustic music from 7 to 11 p.m., and on June 21, fire performers Flow N'At and the Supper Break String Band will provide entertainment.

Memberships to the pool are $125 per person, with discounts available for groups. The season pass entitles members to one non-member guest on Mondays, Kozar said.

The non-member charge for swimming is $8 for people ages 8 and up. Infants under 1 are free, and children ages 1-7 are $5. After 5 p.m., admission for both children and adults is $5 each.

There is no admission charge if customers are merely coming to the bar or sitting poolside, Kozar said. When there is live entertainment, there is a $5 charge.

Ligonier Beach's hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The bar is open late, and the restaurant serves customers until about 9 or 10 p.m.

For more information, visit its Facebook page by searching “Ligonier Beach.”

The pool at the scenic Laurel Mountain Park will open for business on June 6.

Laurel Mountain Park Inc. president Susan Crouse said the pool at 32 Walnut Road in Laurel Mountain Borough will be open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily throughout the summer.

“We're open for membership to anyone in the community,” she said.

Memberships to the park are $50 a year for family. To use the pool, members can pay $2 per visit and bring non-member guests for $5 a person. Children ages 2 and under receive free admission.

Season passes to the pool are available at a cost of $25 for an individual and $100 for a family, Crouse said.

All membership fees go towards maintaining and operating the pool and facilities.

The pool house can be rented for parties or gatherings at a rate of $25. It costs $100 to rent the entire pool and pool house for an evening, Crouse said. The pool's annual community picnic is slated for July, with a “Christmas in July” theme, she said.

Volunteers are working to resurface the pool and prepare it for this season's visitors.

“It's constant,” Crouse said. “It requires annual work.”

The slant-sided, 75-by-50-foot pool, which holds 125,000 gallons, has been entertaining families since the 1920s.

“It's the best-kept secret in Ligonier Valley,” Crouse said.

For more information about Laurel Mountain Park, contact Crouse at 724-238-6844.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or nchynoweth@tribweb.com.

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