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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.
Millcraft Investments say they have reached a deal to build a man-made lagoon on the North Side, west of the West End Bridge.
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.
Once temperatures drop, part of the lagoon will be transformed into an ice skating rink.
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.
The group says they are also considering a “Pittsburgh Firsts” museum that would highlight inventions and inventors from Pittsburgh.
The start of the project is some 18 months away.