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Kiwanis Park, Crawford pool getting facelift

Bethany Hofstetter | Shaler Journal
Shaler Township’s Kiwanis Park and Crawford Pool will undergo a number of improvements to the basketball and tennis courts and pool area starting next month. The improvements are scheduled to be completed by the summer pool season.

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By Bethany Hofstetter
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Shaler Township's Kiwanis Park and Crawford Pool are receiving more than a fresh coat of paint just in time to celebrate a milestone year.

The township Board of Commissioners approved two companies at its March 11 meeting to replace concrete around the pool deck and replace the tennis and basketball court surfaces in Kiwanis Park.

The projects will be completed by the lowest bidders. Excalibur Construction of Ephrata will complete the concrete work around the pool for $24,250, and A. Folino Construction, in Oakmont, will complete the work at the sports courts for $98,969.

Crews will begin work in April and plan to complete all work by May 23, a week ahead of the opening day of the pool in its 50th-anniversary year.

Crawford Pool opened the first week in July 1964, and the township will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday, July 6, with special events, including free admission to all Shaler residents with proof of residency.

“Things were starting to look dated, and we felt it was time to spruce things up. Then when we realized it was 50 years old … we can't let this go without celebrating,” said Susan Fisher, chairwoman of the parks and recreation committee.

“It was a really exciting time in Shaler Township when the pool opened. It really is one of the attributes that makes Shaler Township so special.”

In addition to the new court surfaces, the courts will receive a new coat of paint and netting, and fences will be repaired. There also will be a number of internal improvements completed at the pool house in advance of opening day that are focused on the locker rooms, shower stalls and sink areas and will be completed in-house by township employees.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or

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