City Pools http://wesa.fm en Policy Change Will Increase City Pool Access for Low-Income Youth http://wesa.fm/post/policy-change-will-increase-city-pool-access-low-income-youth <p>Swimming pools are the quintessential summer hangout for kids, but when Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith found out children were being turned away because they didn’t have the right kind of pool passes, she decided to take action.</p><p>City Council Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that will repeal a city policy preventing kids with pool passes received through youth groups and other organizations from using city pools during evenings and weekends.</p><p>Kail-Smith said she wasn’t even aware of the policy until some of her constituents complained.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:54 +0000 Liz Reid 32262 at http://wesa.fm Policy Change Will Increase City Pool Access for Low-Income Youth 3 New Spray Parks Set to Spout in Pittsburgh This Summer http://wesa.fm/post/3-new-spray-parks-set-spout-pittsburgh-summer <p>Pittsburgh leaders are following up on the success of two miniature water parks, known as "spray parks," by building more of the facilities to open in three city neighborhoods this summer.</p><p>After the Act 47 state financial oversight team found that the city was spending too much money on swimming pools in 2004, Pittsburgh was forced to close 13 pools. One of those reopened a few years later thanks to a nonprofit organization, but the others remained unused for years.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:53:18 +0000 Noah Brode 7887 at http://wesa.fm