Vandergrift Pool will open this season with a new manager

The popular Vandergrift Pool in Allegheny Township will open this season under new management.

Vandergrift’s Michelle Terry took over from longtime pool manager Daisha Clayton, who stepped down after being named to the Vandergrift board in December.

Clayton described Terry as a “good choice” for the pool.

“I’ve been spending time with her, and she’s looking forward to learning and taking on managerial responsibilities,” Clayton said. “She will bring a new perspective and a new look. I can rest easy knowing the Vandergrift pool is in good hands. I am delighted to pass the torch to him.

Terry works for the Kiski Area School District as a food service employee. The pool manager position is seasonal. Clayton’s niece, Kai Clayton, is the assistant manager.

“I can’t wait to experience the new adventure at Vandergrift Pool,” said Terry, a graduate of Penn Hills High School who has lived in Vandergrift since 2008. “It’s a great place to bring the kids and meet family and friends. I feel like we are getting back to normal before covid.

The pool is officially named the Joseph A. Petrarca Memorial Pool, but most simply refer to it as the Vandergrift Pool (though it’s in Allegheny Township at 1639 La Belle Vue Road). The grounds include a playground, snack bar and changing rooms/bathrooms.

The pool is scheduled to open on Memorial Day weekend and close on Labor Day.

Terry said about 20 lifeguards are on staff, most of them returning from last season.

The pool, owned by the borough, operates on its own budget and is financially stable, according to Vandergrift officials.

A season pass costs $140 for one person, $250 for a couple, and $320 for a family of three. Each additional family member costs $55.

Daily admission prices are $7 each and $4 after 5 p.m. Admission remains free for children aged 2 and under.

After-hours private party reservations are $300 and are available from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pavilion rental prices for three hours are $75 weekdays and $100 weekends.

Pool memberships can be purchased in person at the borough office at 109 Grant Ave. or by phone (724-567-7818) using a credit card. Daily hours of operation are 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A new pool liner was installed last year, paid for by a $165,000 state grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority which was secured by the former state representative for the area, Joe Petrarca Jr. The pool is named after Petrarca’s late father, who was also a state legislator.

A community pool cleaning day is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.

“We hope people will come to help us,” Terry said.

Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, jhanz@triblive.com or via Twitter .