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           Greenville Memorial Pool opened for the first day of swimming on July 21, 1952. It was the result of years of planning, fundraising, and government paperwork. The project began in 1948 when the Greenville Business Men’s Association came to the borough council with the idea to open a community pool. The pool would provide family entertainment, promote health and physical activity, and be a safe alternative to swimming in the Shenango River.

The thriving manufacturing community came together to support the project.  Construction began in August of 1950. Chicago Bridge and Iron (CB&I) won the bid to construct the container which used approximately 60 tons of steel.  A budget of $45,000 was used to begin the project.  By the time the pool was opened an estimated $100,000 had been spent when the monetary value of contributed material and labor from local businesses and individuals was added into the total.

A dedication ceremony attended by over 800 people was held July 16, 1952 in Riverside Park.  During the ceremony a plaque was dedicated memorializing the pool to the veterans of the area who had served in the four branches of military service during the nation’s wars. 

The original pool was designed to be 45 feet by 105 feet.  A phased plan to add changing rooms, locker facilities, and a kiddie pool was included in the design.  In 1965, as a result of attendance, a 26 feet by 75 feet addition was added to give the pool its current “L” shape.  The addition cost $25,000. The most recent renovation was done in 1988 when a new concrete deck was installed

The swimming pool has grown older along with the children it has entertained and educated over the years.  Dedicated workers spent years maintaining the pool on a very tight budget with many repairs being donated by local businesses.  Systems have worn out and become obsolete.  Rust and peeling paint make the floor unappealing and a danger to bare feet.  New standards of safety and accessibility have been put into place.

            In 2008, Wade & Associates was employed to perform a feasibility study to find out how much it would cost to bring the swimming pool up to code.  The study was used to apply for, and eventually be awarded, a grant for $50,000 to sandblast and repaint the steel pool container.  After studying the feasibility document and seeing the additional cost needed for the remaining updates, GALSA (Greenville Area Leisure Association) and the borough council made the difficult decision to close the pool for the 2010 season. 

The Greenville community approached the borough council about the possibility of reopening the pool.  The feasibility study was made available to the community. Three public meetings were held to inform the community on the condition of the pool and gauge public interest in its reopening. On February 21, 2011 a steering committee of seven people was established.  The steering committee was assigned the task of finding out the current condition of the pool, discover the options for repairing the pool, and develop a plan for reopening. 


***The time allotted to use the $50,000 grant was limited due to the PA budget problems. Greenville had only a few months to utilize the grant once the funds became available. Borough council made the decision to have the grant repurposed for use on the Riverside Park Playground project. Borough council has publically committed $50,000 from the borough’s capital funds towards the pool project.


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