City officials and neighborhood leaders gathered at the Warrington Recreation Center for a ceremonial ground breaking for Pittsburgh’s fifth and largest spray park.
The former Warrington swimming pool, behind the recreation center, is being transformed into an 11,000 square-foot spray park featuring a water bucket, sea monster, flower shower and various in-ground water features operated via manual or sensor-activated control systems. Its urban park design will incorporate graphic elements representing the confluence of Pittsburgh’s rivers at Point State Park.
Louann Horan, acting director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, said the spray park is expected to be open in late August.
“Since opening the region’s first spray park just four years ago, city residents continue to embrace the unique fun of these 21st-century aquatic facilities,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. “This spray park will create a new centerpiece for the Beltzhoover neighborhood and serve as a hub of summertime entertainment for generations to come.”
The mayor explained some of the advantages of utilizing spray park parks over swimming pools for the city include the need for less staff to maintain and oversee the facility, they use less water and the overhead costs are lower.
District 3 Councilman Bruce Kraus noted the spray park’s location will touch three neighborhoods with its convenient proximity to not only Beltzhoover, but Allentown and Mount Washington. He added “substantial” renovations are planned for the Warrington Recreation Center.
“Major improvements and major investments are coming,” he said.
“The city is committed to these Hilltop neighborhoods.”
The city currently has four spray parks, located in Beechview, East Hills, Shadyside and Troy Hill, operated on an extended season from late spring to early fall – before and after traditional swimming pools open and close. They open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.