Allegheny County-run pools, spray parks to remain closed for summer
Friday, May 15, 2020 | 10:43 AM
Allegheny County announced Friday that its pools and spray parks will be closed this summer.
The Allegheny County Parks Department blamed ongoing restrictions regarding mass gatherings under the covid-19 pandemic for the closures. The following sites will be closed through the summer:
• Boyce Park Wave Pool
• Deer Lakes Spray Park
• North Park Swimming Pool
• Round Hill Spray Park
• Settlers Cabin Park Wave Pool
• South Park Wave Pool
Other pools around the county have differed in their approach on whether to reopen or close. In North Hills, owners said they would “wait and see” before making a hard and fast decision, largely basing that decision on guidance from state and county officials.
Others, like Dormont Pool, decided to close.
And yet others, like two in Penn Hills, have decided to open and set a tentative nonspecific date for that to happen in June.
The county parks department said it will offer alternative “physically distanced” programming starting May 18. It will include youth mountain biking, outdoor yoga, bike riding lessons, exercise groups, nature programs and activities.
North Park has partnered with L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools to begin a program in June.
The county parks department news release said it has provided virtual programming using Facebook and YouTube through its “Parks at Home” initiative. Activities include virtual hikes, tree and flower identification, ranger presentations and dek hockey skill demonstrations. Those virtual programs will continue to be made available through the summer, the county parks department said.
Outdoor facility rentals are still permitted. Permitting begins May 16, the county said. All renters and guests are required to follow CDC, state Department of Health and county Health Department guidelines to limit exposure to covid-19.
The North Park and South Park golf courses are open, with some restrictions pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic. They are open from 6 a.m. to dusk daily and the regular season fees of are in effect.
Hiking and biking trails at the county’s nine parks are open.
“There is plenty of space to spread out and practice physical distancing,” said the county parks news release.