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Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 4:15 p.m.
 

Brentwood residents will have to go outside the borough to take a splash in a public pool this summer.

Council members on Monday agreed to keep the municipality's swimming pool and concession stand closed in 2014 because of its close proximity to planned construction and demolition of the Brentwood stadium bleacher and press box area.

“It's just going to be a hot mess,” borough Manager George Zboyovsky said, as he outlined the projects set for this spring and summer, which will include the demolition and installation of new bleachers and construction of a press box and concession stand facility. Also, new sidewalks — all Americans with Disabilities Act compliant — will be installed behind the borough-owned Brentwood Stadium, which abuts the municipal pool.

“It's just a matter of safety and with the amount of improvements we're making down there, we felt it was better to close the pool for this year,” Zboyovsky said.

Council members will vote next Monday to award bids for the demolition of the stadium bleachers. Bids were set to be opened yesterday.

Documents, then, will be finalized and demolition likely will start in a couple of weeks, Zboyovsky said.

Council members on Monday approved an agreement with David York Sports for furnishing the grandstands and press box with aluminum, totaling $479,683. Because the company is a part of the state's cooperative purchasing program, COSTARS, the borough was able to purchase the products to have the bleachers fabricated without going through a formal bidding process, Zboyovsky said.

The upgrades are part of an estimated $8 million overhaul of Brentwood Park that started in 2013 with the addition of a six-lane, 400 meter track and turf field for the stadium and construction of a dek hockey rink.

Even last year, with construction in the park, Brentwood pool had a decline in users, Zboyovsky said. Though, the manager didn't know if that was the reason for less people using the municipal pool.

Brentwood officials are working with Baldwin Borough leaders to allow their residents to use the latter's pool on Churchview Avenue this summer at a resident rate, Zboyovsky said.

The two municipalities are in the midst of working out an agreement to share the use of Brentwood's recreation director Paula Simmons.

Residents in the two boroughs ultimately could share resident rates for all recreation programs and facilities in both towns, Zboyovsky said.

Baldwin Borough officials have yet to adopt the 2014 rates for their municipal pool.

Brentwood Councilman Robert Pasquantonio recommended officials try to work out an agreement with Whitehall Borough to allow Brentwood residents to use the Whitehall pool this year, too.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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