Pool party

Zero-depth entry. Waterpark features, including a 20-foot-high enclosed slide. These are some of the recommendations proposed for the builders renovating Memorial Pool.

The $883,000 contract to renovate the pool was approved by City Council on Thursday. The builder, Port Vue Plumbing, of McKeesport, can begin reconstruction in a few weeks.

“We’re estimating the pool to cost about $1 million,” said Justin Simpson, city recreation director.

Council authorized using leftover Community Development Block Grant funding, totaling $94,561, for the pool renovations.

Councilman Jonathan Williamson said John Grado’s department in community development has done good work “closing out” CDBG funds.

Funding of the pool is to come from a $250,000 state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant; $250,000 in CDBG funds; $200,000 in a bond; $200,000 from a grant through the First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania; the $94,561 transfer; and $3,446 from Friends of Memorial Pool.

Efforts to seek additional donations from private and corporate partners continue.

Council was apprised of the recreation commission recommending more water features. The features include two in a reserved area for tots and one in an intermediate spot. In the tot area will be an aqua run slide and a leaf spray.

The intermediate area feature will be the trio of fun – three separate features.

“It shoots out water three different ways,” Simpson said.

By far, one of the most anticipated water features will be the high slide. The plastic tube will shoot those who jump in down about 20 feet into the water below.

The basic outline of the pool remains the same. The bathhouse will be renovated to meet new handicapped accessible standards and be given a fresh coat of paint and lighting updates.

Security cameras will be installed as part of the renovation. The cameras are for insurance purposes, Simpson said. If someone falls or has an accident, it’ll be documented on video.