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Cloverleaf YMCA pool being sold, to close after Labor Day weekend

| Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 8:54 p.m.

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh plans to sell its Cloverleaf YMCA pool in Baldwin Borough at the end of summer and focus its resources toward an indoor fitness complex under construction in Bethel Park.

The Cloverleaf YMCA pool and three supporting buildings, located on 5.7914 acres on Bliss Drive in Baldwin Borough, is under contract for purchase by an unnamed local developer, said director of communications Kesha Pate.

The pool will cease operations on Labor Day weekend.

The YMCA purchased the property in 1963 and the pool and other improvements were made in the 1970s, Pate said. The 2016 Allegheny County assessed property value for the land and building is $1.2 million, records show. Pate said she is unaware of the future plans for the site.

This summer, the pool will remain open for summer camp and swim lessons, Pate said. However, annual pool passes were not sold, as the YMCA shifted its focus to the new Spencer Family YMCA under construction at the former BladeRunners ice skating complex in Bethel Park, Pate said. That facility, set to open in April 2017, will have two indoor pools and an ice skating rink.

Staffing lifeguards at the Baldwin pool this year “just isn't something we're able to fund at this point,” she said.

“We definitely recognize that it's going to impact the community,” Pate said.

The organization will continue to partner with other organizations in the area, possibly utilizing their facilities for programs, Pate said. Swim lessons and other recreational activities will be offered at the new Spencer Family YMCA, which will be the nonprofit's first facility in the area, Pate said.

“We're excited to have a family center, where kids can come and learn to swim while Mom drops them off and heads over to take a yoga class,” she said.

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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