PITTSBURGH, PA (May 21, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh will open its newest aquatic facility, Burgwin Spray Park in Hazelwood, on Saturday, May 23.
City leaders and employees will join the public in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Noon on Saturday. Councilman Corey O’Connor and Parks and Recreation Director Jim Griffin are scheduled to be in attendance.
The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the intersection of Johnston Avenue and Mansion Street, when the free aquatic facility will open for weekend operation until schools recess in early June.
“Hazelwood is experiencing many positive changes and this recreation facility will be Citiparks’ contribution to the community’s continued success,” said Jim Griffin, Director of the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation. "This beautiful facility will host an exciting world of water features and offer an extended operating season from spring to fall."
The site of the former Burgwin Swimming Pool has been transformed into a 10,000-square-foot spray park featuring water buckets, spray ways, water wickets and various in-ground water features operated via manual or sensor-activated control systems. The facility also features a newly restored pool house and future improvements to the adjacent field and playground. This work, provided by the Department of Public Works, will continue through the summer.
According to local community leader, Reverend Michael Murray, Sr., “The City’s work to improve Burgwin Park is a great step forward by the City of Pittsburgh to improve the quality of life for Hazelwood kids and their families.”
The Burgwin Spray Park is the sixth facility constructed by the City of Pittsburgh. Since 2009, Spray Parks have opened in Beechview, Beltzhoover, East Hills, Shadyside, and Troy Hill. Additional spray parks are planned for Arlington Heights and Lincoln-Lemington.
Following the May 23 ribbon cutting at Noon, Burgwin Spray Park and all City of Pittsburgh Spray Parks will operate weekends (Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through June 8, when Pittsburgh Public schools recess for the summer.
From June 9 thru mid-September, all City of Pittsburgh Spray Parks will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2015 CITIPARKS SPRAY PARK OPERATING SCHEDULE
(All dates and times are weather permitting.)
Saturday, May 23: Noon - 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 24: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day): 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, May 30 & 31: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 9, through mid September: Daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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