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Cranberry Water Park is ready for business

| Saturday, May 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Groundskeeper Ryan Skelton cuts the grass around the Cranberry Water Park in North Boundary Park Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in preparation for the water park's opening on Saturday, May 25. for Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review
Some paving was being done in North Boundary Park Wednesday, May 22, 2013. The waterpark is set to open Saturday, May 25 for the 2013 season. Heidi Murrin Tribune-Review

The next round of upgrades being considered for the Cranberry Water Park includes the possible addition of a baby pool, officials said, but the project depends on funding.

“When this gets done will be up to the township's supervisors, whenever they think funds for the project are available,” said John Trant, chief strategy officer for the township.

The water park will be open every day through Labor Day from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Its 15,000-square-foot heated swimming pool could come in handy, as it has over Memorial Day weekend, where the expected high temperatures Saturday and Sunday were expected to reach the 60s with lows dipping in to the 40s.

The pool's average water temperature during summer is 78 degrees.

Township officials announced plans to spend about $1.3 million in upgrades and additions to the water park, which opened 15 years ago and is located in North Boundary Park on the northern edge of Cranberry.

Adding just the baby pool is expected to cost about $800,000, Trant said.

There is no timetable for the work, said Trant.

The pool, which holds 440,000 gallons of water, features lanes for swimming laps, a 120-foot waterslide and a diving well.

The township's parks and recreation department offers private and group swimming lessons.

The water park has a staff of 110 people and preparation to open the park took weeks, said Linda Mackenstein, a business analyst for the township who is assisting in opening the pool.

“They clean, check it, make sure all the pipes are working and do lots of testing of the water to make sure the chemicals are being used properly,” she said.

Last year, 89,000 people visited the water park.

“Most people are residents, but we also have a large mix of people from Lawrence, Butler and Beaver counties.

Membership for the season costs from $105 to $385, depending on the size of a family. Non-Cranberry residents pay more.

Day admissions are $7 for residents and $9 for nonresidents. Discounted rates are available for seniors and children under 12. Admission is $4 after 6 p.m.

Information about the park is available by calling 724-776-4806 ext. 1129.

Mackenstein's not discouraged by this weekend's chilly weather forecast.

“We'll still be open,” she said. “I am sure people will show up. The pool is heated,” she said.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at rwills@tribweb.com.

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