Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Town Enjoys Last Days of Old Pool

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Town Enjoys Last Days of Old Pool

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The Scott pool has seen a lot of little swimmers, special celebrations and family gatherings in its nearly 50-year history, which will be coming to a close. But in its place will be a new and much improved pool.

On Aug. 16, the pool will close to be demolished and rebuilt. The July Fourth holiday will be the last big weekend for the pool, and there is no one better to talk about its history than the manager, Ron Ellis.

"I've been there for 46 of the last 48 years. It honestly hasn't changed that much over the years," he said.

Mr. Ellis is as much a fixture in the community as the pool itself. A retired physical education teacher from the Chartiers Valley School District, he knows most of those who use the pool every summer.

The pool is known for its sense of community, a place where families have gone for years.

"I've taught swimming lessons to folks who now bring their children. When we hire lifeguards, they are usually with us for seven or eight years. They start in high school and stay with us all through college," he said.

The July Fourth weekend always draws a large crowd, and Customer Appreciation Day is a favorite of Mr. Ellis.

"We just want to say 'thank you' to everyone in the community. We have all sorts of races and games with prizes. And there are refreshments," he said. Customer Appreciation Day is always the last Monday in July, this year on July 27.

One of the biggest changes will be the elimination of "Ellis Island." In the middle of the current pool is a small island that over the years was named after the beloved teacher and pool manager.

"The maintenance men even painted 'Ellis Island' on it," Denise Fitzgerald, township manager said. "Everyone loves Mr. Ellis."

To create a more streamlined swimming experience, the island will be removed. Other changes include a zero entry, two side-by-side slides, climbing walls and a diving board.

The old pool, built in 1968, is well-used and, according to Ms. Fitzgerald, has been well-loved. …

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