Municipal and school district sport courts, including basketball courts, tennis courts in smaller parks and schools, bocce courts, volleyball courts, athletic fields, tracks and batting cages, are OPEN.
PLEASE NOTE: The high school stadium track and turf is under renovation and is not open to the public until further notice.
The staff will continue to evaluate other programs, classes and events to see if they are able to conduct those safely. Stay up-to-date by frequently checking mtlebanon.org/corona and click on the OPEN as well as the CANCELLATIONS and CLOSURES tabs.
Mt. Lebanon Commission Releases Statement on Recreation Facilities, Programs and Pool Season
The Mt. Lebanon Commission, in close coordination with municipal staff and legal counsel, is actively reviewing the reopening of public facilities, recreation programs and other services currently closed due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Chief among the priorities for the reopening of any facility is that it must be done safely and in accordance with guidelines set forth by local, state and federal laws and health officials.
There will be increased costs of operations and the budget impact is at the forefront of our decisions. Our facilities will require additional cleaning and updates to support social distancing. Employees will require additional safety equipment and training to perform their duties and to keep themselves and the public safe. We must also take into account staffing allocation and how the availability of paid and volunteer personnel affects the delivery of our programs and services.
As always, we appreciate comments from the residents, and that too has factored into the conversations.
Put simply, these discussions are complex, nuanced, involve many moving parts and shifting guidance, and we considered more than just a binary open/close decision.
This process will take time to make sure we have thoroughly considered all the options to keep Mt. Lebanon residents safe, to continue to provide high quality services where we can responsibly do so and to expend taxpayer funds judiciously as we have been charged to do.
The commission agrees with and supports the determination of the Municipal Manager not to open the Mt Lebanon pool for the 2020 season.
That decision took into account the health risks, increased costs and other consequences of the operation of the municipal pool, along with a thorough review of reopening plans from our Recreation Department and outside associations. We reviewed concepts for scheduling, admissions and pricing to address the various logistical and safety issues, and projected the revenues and increased costs associated with those plans.
This was not an easy decision. We recognize the importance of the pool to our community.
We will continue the ongoing discussions focused on reopening currently closed municipal facilities, programs and services, and when we make changes our staff will post on our website at MtLebanon.org/corona and communicate through other channels of our public information office.