The Way Back: Rec Center

Construction site of the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center
Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center, circa 1976

Mt. Lebanon residents debated building an ice rink in 1949, going as far as putting the issue up for a referendum, which was voted down. Discussion began again in the 1970s, eventually paving the way for a recreation complex to be situated in Mt. Lebanon Park, housing two ice rinks, community rooms and a swimming pool, which would replace the existing pool, built in the 1930s. Commissioners voted for a $4.1 million bond issue to finance the project. Mt. Lebanon broke ground for the recreation center in 1976, and the building opened in 1977.