By Rachel Jones / Photographs from Melissa Carter
Today’s athletes are busier than ever, practicing year-round to perfect their skills. To keep up with this level of dedication, Cool Springs has evolved to accommodate every guest, every season. The 58-acre campus began its renovations in October 2013, refurbishing its mini golf course, revamping its driving range to include two-story hitting bays and a fully turfed range, hosting two indoor golf simulator rooms, and adding a restaurant and sports bar on site. Local golfers love the ability to improve their game, even in the off season, so the crew decided to expand the convenience to reach more area athletes with the Allegheny Health Network Sports Complex at Cool Springs.
Set to open November 1, the 169,000-square-foot addition houses a multi-purpose indoor turf field; two basketball courts; Ches Anthony, head chef for the Pittsburgh Pirates; a catering center and juice bar; and Allegheny Health Network offices for sports performance and physical therapy. “It all plays into the sports mentality,” says Tara Friedl, director of operations for Cool Springs. “We want to be able to help with athletic performance so the athletes can be the best at their game.” The space is utilized by everyone from adult sports leagues’ members who need a place to play, to student athletes who are working toward earning scholarships. “We would really like to give the space for the field and the court time to these growing leagues and kids who are playing year-round,” Friedl says. “If we keep that athleticism mentality up and going, health and wellness in the community can be at an all-time high.”
→ Cool Springs, 1530 Hamilton Road, South Hills. 412.831.5080.