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On Centre | Bald Eagle Area: Mountain Top pool set to open for season

A sign on the gate at Mountaintop Pool in Snow Shoe reads, “The Mountaintop Swimming Pool will not be opening this summer due to lack of volunteers and funds.”
A sign on the gate at Mountaintop Pool in Snow Shoe reads, “The Mountaintop Swimming Pool will not be opening this summer due to lack of volunteers and funds.” CDT photo

I think I may have been the only one of my friends growing up who didn’t get excited about a trip to a pool to take a dip on a hot day.

I attribute some of that to a horrible sunburn I got while “swimming” at a friend’s family reunion, but maybe it was because I was (and still am) something of a lead duck. The quotes are around swimming because most of my time that day was spent standing in the shallow end. My aquatic skills have improved only marginally over the years.

For those who like pools and swim like fish in the Bald Eagle Area, there is good news as temperatures start to rise: the Mountain Top Area Pool in Snow Shoe is set to open on June 15, association Vice President Jennifer Nastase said.

The pool will be open daily from noon to 6 p.m. and daily rates for entry are $5 for adults, $3 for school-aged children and $2 for kids younger than 5 years old.

But that’s not the only way to get access, Nastase said. Applications for membership are now available at Hall’s Market and will also be sent out with a letter to residents about the pool opening. Individuals can join for $95, returning families for $120 and new families for $145. A family membership covers five people. Additional family members can be added for $20.

The pool has come a long way in recent years. Nastase said it has been in the ground for 48 years but was closed for the 2013 season before reopening last year.

The board raised more than $158,000 through donations and other fundraising efforts, Nastase said, and used the money to make renovations to the pool shell and to update the plumbing and pool deck.

All of the improvements and the reopening couldn’t have been done without the help of local people and businesses, Nastase said.

“The community has helped us greatly,” Nastase said.

The board is also looking to make other improvements to the site, Nastase said, like a new heater, slide and playground equipment near the baby pool.

To welcome the new season, the pool will host a free “Splash-Off” June 20 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., weather permitting, Nastase said.

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