– Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) toured the North Park Pool with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today to review the status and impact of improvements made to the facility.
“We are pleased to see the improvements that have been made to this historic pool,” Turzai said. “Through these improvements, the North Park Pool will continue to be a place families can enjoy for many years.
“We would especially like to thank Andrew Baechle, director of County Parks for Allegheny County,” Turzai added. “Our office has been working with him for some time to make these improvements a reality, and he has been an excellent partner.”
In 2017, Turzai’s office secured a $350,000 grant for:
- New family-oriented changing rooms.
- New shade structures throughout the pool area.
- A new chain-linked security fence, without barbed wire.
- ADA accessible improvements to the pool and bathhouse.
Speaker Turzai’s office secured another grant that will help complete these upgrades and restore bleachers at the pool that have fallen into disrepair over time. These repairs will preserve the historic and architectural integrity of the facility.
The North Park Pool opened on July 5, 1937. At the time it opened, it was thought to be the largest pool in the United States. Not only does the pool carry historical significance, but it also continues to be a critical component to the quality of life in the North Hills community.
From left, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Speaker Mike Turzai, Allegheny County District 2 Councilwoman Cindy Kirk and Allegheny County Director of Parks Andrew Baechle pose in front of the North Park Pool during a tour of the improvements.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Speaker Mike Turzai and Allegheny County District 2 Councilwoman Cindy Kirk discuss improvements that have been made to the North Park Pool.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Speaker Mike Turzai talk about the improvements that have been made and plans for future improvements following a tour of the North Park Pool.
Representative Mike Turzai
Speaker of the House
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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