Local pools get prepped for summer splash season

Welch Pool draws summer crowds. The pool opens for the season Saturday.
Welch Pool draws summer crowds. The pool opens for the season Saturday. Centre Daily Times, file

Summer might not have its official start until next month, but for most people, the season gets underway with Memorial Day weekend.

And nothing says summer like a dip in the pool

Swimmers around Centre County will have a chance to get their splash on starting this weekend.

The season starts in the State College area first. The two Centre Region Parks and Recreation pools will open Saturday.

And when eager swimmers show up at Welch Pool on Westerly Parkway, they will have a new treat in store: a rock wall.

Wait ... what?

No, really, a 16-foot-tall climbing wall rises out of the water, giving poolgoers a new and different jumping and splashing opportunity. CRPR staffers call it the “latest and greatest” feature at their facilities.

Welch and its sister swimming hole in Park Forest will both be open noon to 8 p.m. weekends and holidays. On school weekdays, and there are still a week or two of those before summer vacation starts for all kids, the pool opens from 4 to 8 p.m. Once school is out, weekday hours will be 1 to 8 p.m.

But those aren’t the only splash games in Centre County.

Kepler Pool in Bellefonte opens at noon June 3 with its annual “School to Pool” event, where admission is just $1, and so is the pizza.

After that, Kepler is open for lap swimming from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and open swim noon to 7 p.m. On weekends, the pool is open noon to 7 p.m.

In the Moshannon Valley, swimmers can take a dip at Clear-Centre Pool in Osceola Mills, or get beachy by hitting the shores of the tea-dark waters at Black Moshannon State Park.

But wherever you swim, remember the American Red Cross rules for water safety: wear sunscreen, swim with a buddy and make sure kids have adult supervision at all times.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce