Pittsburgh To Be Home To First Crystal Lagoons Amenity Open During All 4 Seasons
Adding to its growing nationwide and global portfolio, Crystal Lagoons® is expanding into the U.S. Northeast with a milestone lagoon amenity in partnership with Millcraft Investments, with a 2 acre crystalline lagoon in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood along the Ohio River. It marks a milestone for Crystal Lagoons as it will be the first in the area and will be the company’s first urban lagoon project anywhere in the country.
Additionally, Esplanade’s man-made lagoon marks the first urban lagoon in the world with the capability to convert a paradise-like, turquoise body of water into a frozen skating rink during the winter months. The Crystal Lagoons amenity will offer additional four-season functionality with thermal baths year-round as part of the recreational, health and wellness components of the project. The crystalline lagoon will be part of a series of world class amenities to be included at Esplanade.
“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. “In response to the growing demand for our Public Access Lagoons, we feel the Esplanade project is the perfect opportunity to provide residents and visitors alike access to outdoor aquatic amenities, while simultaneously adding tremendous value to the development as a whole.”
Esplanade’s lagoon will be situated in the coldest weather climate of any Crystal Lagoons amenity worldwide to date. Crystal Lagoons has seen a growing demand for development of ice skating-capable concepts in colder-climate cities, since the company’s crystalline lagoons can naturally freeze or can freeze with the addition of supplemental technology. Additionally, there has been a growing interest among developments in warmer climates that are seeking cost-effective, man-made skating rink options.
Crystal Lagoons is an international innovation company, founded by scientist Fernando Fischmann, which has developed a patent-protected technology that allows the construction and maintenance of unlimited-size crystalline lagoons at very low costs.