Office of Mayor William Peduto
Statement from Parks and Recreation Director On Ammon Pool Summer 2015 Closure

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 5, 2015) - City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation Director Jim Griffin released the following statement today to announce that Ammon Pool, in the city’s Hill District, will not open for the Summer 2015 season. The pool was rendered inoperable when a critical piece of equipment -- the water filtration tank that continuously cleans the pool's water -- was mistakenly shipped overseas by the manufacturer. A custom built replacement cannot be delivered until after summer.

"The loss of Ammon pool for the 2015 Summer season is saddening, especially given the implementation of Citiparks' new free swimming program for city kids. Despite the setback, Ammon will remain an important resource for Hill District residents with our summer camp, baseball academy and meals program Grub Up starting soon. Fortunately, Citiparks also operates four pools where kids can swim for free within two miles of Ammon Recreation Center. We hope that residents and families will utilize the Bloomfield, Sue Murray (North Side), Ormsby (South Side) and West Penn (Polish Hill) pools this summer.

Early this spring, the Department of Public Works and Citiparks worked to remove the 80-year-old filtration tanks from the pool in preparation for new, custom-built tanks. After a considerable delay, the new tanks were shipped last month but were mistakenly sent to the Middle East on a container ship that will not return to the United States until late summer. In the interim, the manufacturer is busy constructing new tanks, but it's unlikely that production, shipping and installation can occur before August 1.

A small chance remains that the tanks could be delivered to Pittsburgh earlier, but as of today, it seems unlikely that we'll have swimming at Ammon this summer.”

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