Dormont, Pennsylvania

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Dormont is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. Its assigned zip code is 15216. The population was 9,305 at the 2000 census and is the most densely populated municipality in Allegheny County.[1] Dormont is a home to a diverse population including young professionals, working families, and retirees. Dormont's economic stability can be attributed to this diversity along with its close proximity to jobs in Downtown Pittsburgh, access to The "T" (Pittsburgh Light Rail), diverse housing stock, and historically low crime rates. Dormont is mixed use and urban and features a pedestrian friendly business district, with bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and retail stores. It is famous for one of the largest municipal pools in Pennsylvania, the historic Dormont Pool. Loosely translated, Dormont means "Mountain of Gold" in French.



Dormont was originally fashioned from parts of Scott and Union Townships. An order of incorporation was signed on March 31, 1909, making Dormont the first independent municipality in the South Hills of Allegheny County. Municipal officials initially wanted to name the new community "Mt. Lebanon," however objections were raised by their as yet unincorporated neighbors to the south who eventually adopted the name. Instead the name Dormont was chosen from the Americanized version of the French term "mont d'or", loosely translated as "Mountain of Gold."

The first election of Borough officials was held on April 27, 1909. Dormont later annexed part of Scott Township in 1909, two additional parts of Union Township in 1913 and 1916, and a portion of Mt. Lebanon Township in January 1921, giving it a total area of just less than one square mile.

A town without "streets"

Once the borough of Dormont was incorporated in 1909, at least 30 different streets were given new names. Today, all but two of Dormont's streets are designated as avenues, the exceptions being Memorial Drive and Park Blvd. Two of Dormont's mainline streets, Scott Road and McFarland Road, are two-lane "borough line" streets in which one lane is located in Dormont and the other in Mt. Lebanon. The northern stretch of another "borough line" street, McNeilly Avenue, runs through Dormont on one side and the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Brookline on the other. Before the incorporation and street name changes, Dormont actually had three designated "streets": Beech St. (Dwight Ave.), Sycamore St. (Philadelphia Ave.), and Sylvester St. (Texas Ave.).


With the construction of the streetcar tunnel and the Liberty Tunnels came rapid growth. Through the years, the convenience of the borough, plus the amenities offered its residents, has kept it densely populated. Its citizens enjoy one of the largest swimming pools in Pennsylvania (>60,000 square feet), two parks, basketball and tennis courts, two Little League fields, a fine library, an impressive volunteer-built children's playground, as well as seasonal activities for both children and adults. "Dormont Day", the annual Fourth of July park-wide event, is the highlight of the summer season and features all day family entertainment beginning with the 8:00 AM Twenty-One Gun Salute and culminating with one of the most spectacular fireworks displays for a community of this size. During the day park goers are treated to live music, picnics, food booths, games, pony rides, Little League All-Star games and free buttermilk.

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