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Crystal Pool still cooling community

- Haylee, 6, and her father, Scott Brewer of Belle Vernon, swim at the Crystal Pool in Fayette City on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Haylee, 6, and her father, Scott Brewer of Belle Vernon, swim at the Crystal Pool in Fayette City on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
- Traci Fedrick of Allenport holds her daughter Sarah, 3 ,as they swim at the Crystal Pool in Fayette City on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Traci Fedrick of Allenport holds her daughter Sarah, 3 ,as they swim at the Crystal Pool in Fayette City on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Nyriah Molnar, 11, dives into the Crystal Pool in Fayette City on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. She was with her mother, Brandy Molnar of Belle Vernon.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference | The Valley Independent</em></div>Nyriah Molnar, 11, dives into the Crystal Pool in Fayette City on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. She was with her mother, Brandy Molnar of Belle Vernon.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

After working long shifts as a blacksmith in the Allenport steel plant, Andrew Stefanik toiled in his handicraft after hours in Fayette City.

He built the family house in 1936. By 1947, he built the service station along Route 201 that his son, Edward, still operates.

Five years later, he began construction of his gift to the community, Crystal Pool, located just below Andrew's Service station.

The pool was opened in the summer of 1953.

Andrew Stefanick eventually turned over control of the pool to his sons, Edward and Andrew. The father passed away in 1981 and his wife several years later.

After 60 years in business, Edward Stefanik sold the popular pool, located near the intersection of routes 201 and 906, to local businessman Todd Reppert.

Andrew Stefanick built Crystal Pool almost entirely by hand, the lone exception being the pool's filter.

To construct Crystal Pool, Andrew Stefanick received help from friends in the steel mill, including the construction of the form for the pool and setting the concrete block. Andrew Stefanick built the benches, ladders, picnic tables and lifeguard chairs.

Reppert said he purchased Crystal Pool as an investment – both in business and in the community.

“The biggest thing is keeping the community together,” Reppert said. “Since 1953, this pool been here. My wife (Laura) and I considered buying it to give the kids a place to go in the summertime.”

He also owns Reppert Appliance and Furniture, 414 Broad Ave.

The Repperts have upgraded the pool since purchasing it in April.

They revamped the kitchen and added a lot more items to the menu.

They put in new chairs, and renovated the bathrooms.

“We face-lifted the building,” Reppert added.

Since 2001, Crystal Pool sold just seasonal passes. No daily passes were sold. But under the new management, memberships are no longer required. The pool is open to the public. Admission is $5 for anyone over the age of 5. Those under 5 are free.

Crystal Pool remains a “family-oriented pool,” Reppert said.

Reppert remembered attending parties at Crystal Pool as a youth.

“Things are closing every day and I hate to see that,” said Reppert, who was born and raised in nearby Washington Township.

Crystal Pool hosts Friday night swims with a disc jockey.

Although walk-ins are accepted daily, discounted season tickets are also available. For more information, call Crystal Pool at 724-326-8555.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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