School’s out. Everybody in the pool.
It’s an annual rite of summer. Cannonballs and belly flops. Playing Marco Polo and seeing how long you can hold your breath under water. Working on your tan (wear sunscreen, please!) and perfecting your dive, as opposed to that kind of flailing jump thing.
For children in the Moshannon Valley, that means the Clear-Centre Pool.
The Osceola Mills splash spot is one of the busiest places in the area for children, and with school out, it is open for business every afternoon.
It isn’t a water park. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some other modern swimming holes. No slides. No splash pads. Not that they wouldn’t be nice to see someday.
But what Clear-Centre does have is tradition.
The pool is simple. It’s a cool dip on a hot day, a place to gather with friends. Moms teach their little ones to love the water in the shallow end. Middle schoolers act far too cool to acknowledge their parents, until they want snack money or permission to stay at a friend’s house. And high school students? Well, that’s where lifeguards come from.
This is the same pool where children have been drawn to the clear, cold water for decades. The same pool where parents have felt comfortable, eventually, letting their children walk to with friends or ride to on a bike if they live in Osceola Mills. It’s where splash hops keep the summer fun happening in the evening and where the YMCA of Centre County’s Moshannon Valley branch takes field trips with the summer day camp to have a wet and wild afternoon.
An afternoon at the pool costs $3. A summer pass is $50 for one person, or $110 for a family of four. For more information, call the pool office at 339-7122.
Lori Falce can be reached at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @LoriFalce.