May 6, 2021


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Improvements at Novembrino Park expected to make a splash this summer

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Apr. 19—Construction of Scranton’s first splash park should be completed for the summer season, officials said.

A $1.2 million renovation of Novembrino Park in West Scranton, which has been closed for about a decade, removed two old pools and a splash pad is in the works at the site on 10th Avenue at Washburn Street.

The COVID-19 pandemic last year caused delays in the project, but now it’s nearly done and expected to open at some point this summer, giving residents a new spot to beat the heat.

The city did not open any pool sites last summer because of the pandemic, but expects to be able to reopen some this summer, including Connell Park, Weston Field and Weston Park, Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti said. Nay Aug Park’s pools won’t reopen this summer.

The city’s first splash park will make some waves.

“Novembrino Park is going to be really special,” Cognetti said. “I’ve been excited to be able to see kids play here since I became mayor. Unfortunately, last year we didn’t get to do a lot of construction or have a lot of fun, so hopefully this summer will be different.”

The Novembrino renovation included two buildings and a pavilion, construction of a gazebo and installation of a splash pad with over 50 spray heads in the 5,000-square-foot area of a former wading pool.

Next, a concrete slab will be poured atop the splash pad area and take 28 days to cure. A colorful, blue-hued rubber surface then will be installed, said project manager and landscape architect Tom McLane.

The splash pad’s beach motif will include a sand-colored concrete border and sand dunes.

“It’s going to be a very lively environment. The colors will complement a beach environment,” McLane said.

The renovated main building in the center of Novembrino Park has restrooms, a police precinct room and a manager’s room. A secondary building at the rear of the property has a pump house and a community room.

The splash pad occupies about half of Novembrino Park. The other side that used to contain an adult swimming pool is now a lawn. There has been talk of putting a playground resembling a coal breaker in that area, McLane said.

Another goal is to connect the rear of Novembrino Park with ballfields down below a hillside slope between the two sites.

Meanwhile, the city last month launched two, separate online surveys for public input on citywide parks-and-recreation facilities and on how best to revive Nay Aug Park’s defunct pool complex.

The surveys have sections to give feedback and suggestions.

The Nay Aug Park Pool Complex Survey conducted by MSKD Architects is part of a feasibility study to evaluate how best to revive the facility. This complex last opened in summer 2019 with only one of two pools operational. The adult pool with a deep end and diving boards leaked so badly in 2018 that the recreation authority kept it closed and started looking at converting the space into a ground-level splash park.

The Nay Aug Park pool with the giant slides and an Olympic-style shallow pool opened in 2019 as usual, but halfway through the season the 18-year-old liner leaked internally and ballooned up from the bottom in spots. The authority tore out the liner.

The Scranton Parks Survey conducted by McLane’s firm, McLane Associates, is part of a study of citywide parks-and-recreation facilities to develop programming, prioritize improvements and secure grant funding for them.

“We’re hoping to get a lot of neighborhood buy-in into the parks, ’cause that’s really what makes them work,” McLane said.

To take either or both of the surveys, visit the city’s website at and under the “Your Government” section, scroll down and click on Parks & Recreation.

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