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Centre Region pools set to open

Welch Pool opens for the season with pool water temperatures at 80 degrees on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Welch Pool opens for the season with pool water temperatures at 80 degrees on Saturday, May 24, 2014. CDT photo

Summer means sun. Sun means hot weather. Hot weather means cooling off. Cooling off means swimming pools.

Another season of swimming at State College’s Park Forest and William L. Welch community pools kicks off today, bringing the family fun the community has come to love each year.

“We’re hoping for really good weather this year,” Centre Region Parks and Recreation Director of Aquatics Todd Roth said. “We had a few rainy and relatively cool summers in a row, so we’re looking for some good weather so we can get a lot of people back into the pool again.”

Not much has changed to the pools themselves, Roth said. Daily admission and season passes are available for both resident and non-resident swimmers, as well as fitness and general swim times.

Dollar days are still offered, he said, for Father’s Day weekend and on the Fourth of July. Family fun nights are also expected to draw a large crowd, with a sports night, “pool-o-ween,” Hawaiian night and movie night.

Handicapped parking has not been addressed by the recreation authority board, he said, as reviews for the State College Area School District land development plan haven’t been finished yet. The authority is waiting for the school district to complete that before any parking plans had to be altered due to district plan changes.

“We’re excited for summer,” he said. “I know my kids are excited to go to the pool.”

The outdoor pool at Penn State’s McCoy Natatorium opens Saturday, while the Kepler Pool in Bellefonte opens for the season Thursday, June 11. The Millheim Pool will open Saturday, May 30.

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