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 1½ miles south of the old Greater Pittsburgh International Airport site.

White Swan Park
LocationAllegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates40°28′05″N 80°12′00″W / 40.468°N 80.200°W / 40.468; -80.200
Opened1955 (1955)
Closed1989 (1989)

History edit

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 Edward. It occupied about 40 acres (160,000 m2) and featured a kiddie park and 15 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."

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. 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 Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock, Texas where it operated until the park's closing after the 2022 season. 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.

List of attractions edit

Main park rides edit

Ferris Wheel, Galaxi (roller coaster), Giant Slide, Mad Mouse (roller coaster), Scrambler, Sports Skooter, Tilt-A-Whirl

Kiddieland rides edit

Airplanes, Carousel, Handcars, Helicopters, Train, Locomotive

References edit

External links edit

  • White Swan Park at the Roller Coaster DataBase
  • Mayernik, David Jr. (2005-11-02). "White Swan Park still stirs fond memories for many". Coraopolis-Moon Record. Archived from the original on 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  • "Memories of White Swan Park". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2018-12-24.