June 7, 1930: first dive into the West Penn Pool

The current West Penn Pool is the third pool to be built on the site.  The first pool opened on June 7, 1930.  Here’s the first person to dive into the pool.

And here’s the second pool, in the 1950s.  The sign on the wall says “NO RUNNING OR PUSHING”.  Folks say that high fence on top of an 8-foot concrete wall made it really hard to sneak in — the secret was to climb onto the roof of the building, and go around.

We’re only in day two, but has anyone taken photos at the pool yet this year?  If you’ve got a good one, please share!

(Top photo from the Historic Pittsburgh Image Archive.  Bottom photo, from the PHCA’s Polish Hill Archive)

West Penn Recreation Center: summer hours, and the pool opens in one week

The West Penn pool is now filled and will open on Friday, June 14.  Citiparks hasn’t posted the hours yet, but pools usually open at noon and close at 7:45 p.m.  Pool tags can be purchased at the pool during operating hours.  Here is information on pool tags and fees.  Tags are good at all Citiparks pools.

West Penn Recreation Center is now operating on a summer schedule.  The summer hours are:
Monday – Wednesday  9:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Thursday  9:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Friday and Saturday  9:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Closed on Sundays.

For more information about the recreation center, call them at 412.622.7353.

In May, a later start for the Thursday yoga class at West Penn

The Vinyasa yoga class at West Penn Recreation Center is usually at 6:30 on Thursday evenings.  During the month of May, our instructor Erin has work obligations that required her to make the class a little later.  So on May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, the yoga class will be from 7:30 – 8:30.  We hope that this doesn’t make it difficult for any of our regulars — or new students — from attending.


West Penn Recreation Center, about 90 years ago

Before the current West Penn Recreation Center was built in 1929-30, this small building on 30th Street served as the recreation center.  Although the Historic Pittsburgh Image Archive lists the same date, January 25, 1922, for both these images, that seems doubtful, because the little building is gone in this photo:

The nearest building on the left is the Lyceum, which was located at Brereton and 30th Street, where the church parking lot is now.  The views were taken from different angles — but not that different — look at the upper right corner of each — those distant building are similar in each.

January 24 and 31 yoga class sessions at West Penn will start at later time

Th PHCA-sponsored vinyasa yoga class at West Penn Recreation Center usually happens from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening.  But for the January 24 and January 31 sessions, the class will start one hour later, and run from 7:30 – 8:30.  The time change is just for these dates, then the class will revert back to the 6:30 start time.

If you’ve been thinking about checking it out — please do!  This is a basic-level class open to teens and adults.  This is a small friendly group with a really nice instructor, Erin Pace, and very welcoming to beginners or to people with previous yoga experience.  There’s no need to register — just show up with a mat, some water, and comfortable clothing.  It’s run on a donation basis, with a suggested donation of just $7.

For information about the class, contact us at 412.681.1950, or email phca@phcapgh.org.

New class at West Penn: aerobics, starting on Wednesday November 7

A new aerobics class is starting at West Penn Recreation Center next Wednesday, November 7.  The class will be at at 7:00 p.m., and costs just $10 for 8 weeks, or $2 per class.  For more information, call West Penn at 412.622.7353.

And even if you aren’t an aerobics sort of person, consider checking out some of the other classes.  There’s individual instruction in boxing, available from 6 – 8 pm, Monday thru Friday.  No need to make an appointment, just come in; instructors rotate between students, and the workout includes aerobic exercises and sparring.  There’s also the Vinyasa yoga class on Thursday evenings at 6:30, for a suggested donation of $7 per class.

New expanded hours and an early Halloween event at West Penn Recreation Center

On October 2, Citiparks West Penn Recreation Center started Fall hours.  The center is now open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (the center is closed on Sundays).  We posted recently about the new classes at the center.  If you’ve never been there, or haven’t been in a while, stop in to get your free pass and check out the facilities.

Another exciting event coming up soon at the recreation center:   the Haunted Trail, presented by Citiparks West Penn staff.  Their theme this year is the (fictional) West Penn Insane Asylum.  It’s sure to be a good, scary time — the staff is great at coming up with effects that really make visitors JUMP!  It might be a little much for young kids, but teens will love it.  The Haunted Trail will take place at WEst Penn on on Friday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m., and it’s free.  For more information, call West Penn at 412.622.7353.

While we’re talking about Citiparks — did you know that the one indoor City swimming pool, Oliver Bath House on the South Side, is now open?  This is a great old-style indoor pool — and it’s free to use if you already have a pool tag from this summer.  If you’ve never been to Oliver, we recommend it.  (Don’t forget your flip flops; you’ll need them while going from the locker rooms and the pool.)   Among other things, they offer free swimming classes — here’s the schedule through December.  Click here for more information on Oliver, and to see a picture of the facilities.

Get fit at West Penn Recreation Center this fall — with weight training, boxing, yoga, and more!

Polish Hill is lucky to have Citiparks West Penn Recreation Center, which provides fitness opportunities within walking distance, at a facility that is free for all City residents.  In addition to the exercise machines and weight room, available anytime the center is open, West Penn offers personal weight training.   No appointment is necessary; just stop by and request this service, and staff will be glad to advise you.  West Penn will start their Fall hours on October 1, staying open until 9:00 p.m. each weekday evening.

A new addition is individual classes in boxing, from 6 – 8 pm, Monday thru Friday.  Again, you don’t really need to make an appointment, just come in.  Instructors rotate between students, and the workout includes aerobic exercises and sparring.  Another class coming soon:  women’s aerobics.  Call West Penn at 412.622.7353 for more information.

And the PHCA-sponsored yoga class at West Penn has just started up again.  Our new instructor is Erin Pace, who lives in the neighborhood and teaches Vinyasa yoga.  The class is on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and takes place in a quiet, carpeted room off the gymnasium.   It’s a suggested donation of $7 per class, and you don’t need to register — just show up with a mat, some water, and clothes that let you move.  Email us if you’d like to be added to class contact list.

Last days for West Penn pool — final day is Sunday the 19!

The West Penn pool is closing for the season at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 19.  That means you have just nine days more to enjoy one of the coolest public pools in Pittsburgh!  Pool hours are 1:00 – 7:45 p.m. Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 5:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  You don’t need to have a pool pass to swim, you can also purchase one-day admission tickets.  The cost is $3 for children ages 3 – 15 and $4 for individuals 16 and older.

For more information, call West Penn pool at 412.622.6908.