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Cranberry supervisors to seek bids for waterpark upgrades

| Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:45 p.m.

Cranberry supervisors Thursday agreed to solicit bids for upgrades at the township's waterpark, including repairs to the main pool.

With about 70,000 visitors a year, township Manager Jerry Andree said the waterpark has become an important part of the township's social fabric.

“It's not just a hole in the ground, and we dump water into it,” Andree said. “We make it attractive and inviting so that people go to it.”

Built in 1997, the pool has cracks that need to be repaired, according to a presentation by the parks and recreation department to supervisors Thursday. Among the recommendations for upgrades, the department suggested a new heat pump for the main pool, installing railings and a ramp to make the pool handicapped accessible. The project is estimated at $1.5 million.

Among the plans, crews will expand the “zero entry” portion of the pool, which Andree compared to a beach, where swimmers can walk in, and gradually move into deeper water.

Also, Andree said, crews will separate the baby pool from the main pool to avoid problems if an infant has an toilet accident in the water.

“If there's an accident, we have to close the whole thing (for cleaning). With a separation of water bodies, if there's an accident, we won't have to shut down the whole facility,” Andree said.

The work will begin after the pool closes at the end of the season, Andree said, so that it will be ready by the 2015 opening around Memorial Day weekend.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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