(PITTSBURGH) May 23, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City’s two newest spray parks will be opening this weekend in the Shadyside and East Hills neighborhoods. Community members are encouraged to join City leaders at ribbon cutting celebrations to be held at 12 p.m. this Friday, May 24, at Mellon Park in Shadyside and 1 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at East Hills Park. All four of the City’s spray parks will officially be open on Saturday at 1 p.m., offering residents a fun, safe way to stay cool this summer.
“Spray parks offer many advantages over traditional swimming pools - they conserve water, require less staffing and offer increased accessibility to people with disabilities,” Ravenstahl said. “Our swimming pools and spray parks are just a few of the many free or affordable recreation opportunities for Pittsburgh residents this summer, where friends and neighbors can meet on hot summer days and enjoy their neighborhoods in our most livable city.”
The City's four spray parks provide free recreation for residents of all ages, and use less water than swimming pools by operating via manual or sensor-activated control systems. They offer an extended operating season from late spring to early fall, before and after traditional swimming pools open and close.
The former East Hills Swimming Pool on Wilmer Drive has transformed into an innovative, 2,400-square-foot spray park that incorporated overall beautification and improvements of the site including flower gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and improved walkways and access. East Hills residents played an active role in the park’s design, reviewing design concepts and selecting water features that were incorporated in the spray park. The construction also included the renovation of adjacent outdoor basketball courts.
In Shadyside, adjacent to the Mellon Park Tennis Center at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard, the new spray park was added to a popular recreational area that includes indoor/outdoor tennis courts, a playground and ball fields. The site was chosen due to the extreme popularity of a single water feature in the park that attracted children for many decades. The spray park – which includes a water bucket, misting poles and various in-ground water features – complements the existing playground.
These two free facilities – along with Citiparks’ two existing spray parks in Beechview and Troy Hill – will operate daily through early fall beginning this Saturday, May 25. The City’s swimming pools will open Friday, June 14. Spray parks and pools will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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