White Swan Park (1955-1989)

White Swan Park

White Swan Park was a small amusement park on the border of Moon and Findlay townships in Allegheny County near Pittsburgh that operated from 1955 to 1989. It was located on the Penn-Lincoln Parkway West (then PA 60) at McClaren Road, just 1.5 miles south of the old Greater Pittsburgh International Airport site. It is often cited as having been in Coraopolis.

The park opened in 1955 with seven rides. It was operated by brother and sister Roy Todd and Margaret Kleeman, who built it along with Kleeman's husband. It occupied about forty acres and featured a kiddie park and fifteen rides such as the Galaxi roller coaster, Merry-Go-Round, Sport Skooter, Scrambler, Ferris wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, Mad Mouse roller coaster, Giant Slide, and train billed as "the longest train ride in the Tri-State."

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White Swan also had a pavilion of midway games (which was the actual entrance to the park), six picnic shelters, a Skee Ball building, and a refreshment stand. On July 12, 1963, a new miniature golf course opened at the east end of the park.

With construction of the new Pittsburgh International Airport underway in the late 1980s, a reroute of PA 60 (renumbered I-376 in 2009) was needed for access. After the park's 1989 season, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation bought the park. Dismantling of the park began the following year.

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The amusements and other artifacts were sold at auction. The Mad Mouse was moved to Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania but was sold and removed in 2003. The Galaxi coaster was shipped to Lubbock, Texas. The last item from the park to be removed was the Giant Slide. The Tilt-a-Whirl is still in operation at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA.

The small park was appropriate primarily for families with young children, and was seen by many in its area as easier to visit on a whim than the larger Kennywood amusement park, which dominates the Pittsburgh market.

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Brookliners Remember White Swan Park

"Oh my God, I remember that place! My dad's old work picnics used to be there when he worked at the 171st." - Emily S.

"We went there for Pittsburgh Police picnics until it closed. Nice small park." - Jacqueline A.

"My Pap's company picnic was there every year. Great memories. I loved that place." - Phyllis T.

"My family went there every summer for twenty years. We spent a lot of time there and the workers knew us." - Theresa M.

"That mouse ride was Terrifying!" - Denise M.

"My family and I had our reunions there! A lot of memories." - Catherine E.

"Boilermakers Local#154 picnics there were the BEST!" - Darlene H.

"I remember going there for the FOP picnics." - Sue M.

"Matthew's company picnics were held there." - Denise D.

"I used to go there all the time when I was young." - Antoinette E.

"My late husband worked for Borden's Dairy and their picnics were there. My kids loved it and so did we!" - Jan B.

"Happy times at White Swan." - William C.

"Loved White Swan Park!" - Marion M.

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* Information copied from Wikipedia - Photos from Jaison Viglietta and Charles Jacques Jr. *

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