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McKeesport-area pools ready for summertime splash

| Friday, May 24, 2013, 5:06 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Jeff Peirish of Ecol-o-Pack Systems Inc. welds a split in the gutter of Clairton Pool Thursday.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Workers are finishing up in time for the pool in Clairton park to open on June 6.

Those looking to make a big splash this summer will have plenty of places to choose from in the coming weeks.

White Oak's Heritage Hill Pool will open on Memorial Day, and others are scheduled to open in early June.

White Oak borough secretary Nancy Greenland said the pool at the Heritage Hill Park complex off Victoria Drive will be ready for swimmers on Monday, weather permitting.

It will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. through Labor Day.

“Everything's ready to go,” she said.

The S-shaped outdoor pool has a diving board, and there is a concession stand in the complex, among other amenities.

Seam replacement and other major improvements were completed last year.

Daily admission is $5 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. Season passes are available for $45.

Call 412-664-0444 during hours of operation for information.

The pool in Clairton Park will open June 6 through Aug. 17 from noon to 7 p.m.

Certified operator Jessica Marlow said the opening was pushed back from Memorial Day to allow for more work to be done.

Mike Sedor Electric and Leon Chocinsky installed new lighting and did electrical work in the pump room and bath houses.

Pittsburgh-based Seabees from the Naval Construction Force repaired roofs and bathhouse dividers.

Other local businesses chipped in with donations for materials for other repairs.

“It was a massive amount of work,” Marlow said. “It was an impressive way of the city pulling together.”

Swim lessons and aqua aerobics are available. There will be no night swims.

City manager Howard Bednar said the pool employs 13 or 14 lifeguards, and the city is looking into showing movies there, among other activities.

Season passes are $50 and available on-site. Daily admission is $5. Those 36 inches tall or shorter are admitted free of charge. Call 412-233-8123 or 412-233-8113 for information.

Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Co. Pool, at 3333 Fire Station Road in Elizabeth Township, will be open June 8 through Aug. 17, then on weekends through Labor Day.

Hours are Sundays through Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m.

“It's a family-friendly environment,” pool manager Scott Jones said.

There are no diving boards or slides at the township pool. The deepest section is 8 feet. Pavilions are available to rent.

Daily passes for residents are $4 for children ages 4-11, and $6 for those age 12 and older.

Season passes are $165 for a family of four, plus $15 for each additional person. Individual season passes are $70 for ages 12 and older, and $50 for children ages 4-11.

Daily passes for nonresidents are $5 for children ages 4-11, and $7 for those 12 and older. All children ages 3 and younger get in free.

Passes are available at the pool. Call 412-751-1820 for information.

Allegheny County pools in South Park, Boyce Park, Settlers Cabin and North Park open June 1. They have daily hours from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Admission rates are $1 for children 5 and younger, $3 for children ages 6-12, $4 for teens 13-17, $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens.

An individual season pass is $60. A family season pass for two parents and two children or one parent and three children is $110, plus $15 for each additional family member. A senior citizen pass is $30.

All active volunteer firefighters and EMTs are admitted free with an Allegheny County Parks photo ID pass. For information, call 412-350-2455.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or