By David Highfield

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A beach, a blue lagoon, and an ice skating rink – that’s what is reportedly coming to Pittsburgh’s North Side.

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Millcraft Investments say they have reached a deal to build a man-made lagoon on the North Side, west of the West End Bridge.

Photo Credit: Millcraft Investments

The two-acre lagoon will feature incredible blue water and be the first of its kind in a cold weather climate.

In the summer part of the lagoon will feature a white sandy beach area for lounging and sun bathing. It will also reportedly have places for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and scuba lessons.

The two-acre, idyllic Public Access Lagoon will anchor Esplanade and will employ a patented, high-tech process allowing for use of 100 times fewer chemicals and 50 times less energy than a traditional swimming pool.

“We are thrilled to open our very first lagoon in the world that will bring beach life in the summer months and transform into a skating rink during the winter months, all right in the heart of Pittsburgh,” said Christopher Souza, regional director of Crystal Lagoons.

Also in the summer the lagoon will feature a splash pool for children and a fountain and light show at night.

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Once temperatures drop, part of the lagoon will be transformed into an ice skating rink.

Photo Credit: Millcraft Investments

The Esplanade will also feature another first for Pittsburgh, thermal baths that will be available year round.

Around the lagoon will be a hotel, residences, and other retail.

The project is being described as a small version of Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon.

Crystal Lagoons already has 23 deals for man-made, crystalline lagoons in place across the nation, plus over 60 more that are currently in active negotiations. To date worldwide, 600 man-made lagoon projects have been completed, started or planned by Crystal Lagoons.

A giant Ferris wheel with LED lighting and climate controlled gondolas is also being planned.

The group says they are also considering a “Pittsburgh Firsts” museum that would highlight inventions and inventors from Pittsburgh.

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The start of the project is some 18 months away.

David Highfield