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Kepler, Mountain Top pools prepared for summer fun

by on June 07, 2018 10:18 AM

BELLEFONTE — Steve Greecher has been getting a lot of people asking if Kepler Pool in Bellefonte is going to be open this summer and his answer is a resounding “yes!” The Bellefonte Pool and the Mountain Top Pool in Snow Shoe are preparing for swimmers to enjoy another summer full of water fun.

Greecher, the aquatics director at the Bellefonte YMCA, said the pool in Governors Park is an important part of the community that he hopes keeps going well into the future.

“This is a great community resource. It gives kids a something to do all summer long. You can’t place a value on outdoor activities that keep kids moving all summer,” said Greecher.  “We all looking forward to another fun summer at Kepler.”
The pool kicked off its season with a school-to-pool event June 1, the last day of school for Bellefonte students. After getting out of school early that day, kids got into the pool for only $1. A disc jockey provided a party-like atmosphere and Pizza Mia pizza was available for a dollar a slice.

YMCA of Centre County CEO Scott Mitchell was on hand at the event and said the turnout was great.

According to Mitchell, it was good to see so many kids come out to the pool and have fun. He said he feels the pool is vital to Bellefonte, and the YMCA is glad to partner with the community and manage the pool because kids need a safe place to swim in the summer.
Greecher said the kickoff event is just the beginning for the pool's season.

“We will have other events throughout the summer, such as night swim parties and weekend cookouts, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and the Centre County YMCA calendar to see what is going on.”

The YMCA of Centre County manages the 46-year-old pool, which has long been in need of some upgrades. Recently, the Nittany Valley Joint Recreation Authority applied for a grant to make needed improvements to the pool. The $300,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources would be used to fix many issues, and the authority will find out if it has received the grant in the fall.

But, for this summer, the pool is ready to go. It is open daily from noon to 6 p.m., depending on weather conditions. Memberships can be purchased at the Bellefonte YMCA.

Up Interstate 80 in Snow Shoe, the Mountain Top Area Pool is one of the few places kids in the area can get together for safe summer fun, said pool association president Jennifer Nastase.

Nastase said the opening of the pool had to be delayed a week until Friday, June 8, or Saturday, June 9, due to a water shortage in the area caused by a water main break. The pool in Mountain Top was in need of serious repairs, similar to Kepler, and was closed in 2013. But with $158,000 worth of updates, the 49-year-old pool has been running smooth since 2014 and is as nice as ever.

“This is a great resource for Snow Shoe. Kids need a safe place to learn to swim and come on hot summer days where they can have fun and be active,” said Nastase.

A program coordinated with the local school system picks children up at up at their bus stops on Tuesdays and Thursdays and transport them to the pool free of charge. Bald Eagle Area School District also provides lifeguards on those days, so the kids are well watched over.

“It is great. You see kids outside, having fun and making friends all day long,” said Nastase. “It keeps kids active.”

The pool is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Memberships are available at Hall’s Market and Brothers Pizza. Daily passes are $5 for adults and $3 for school-aged children. Updates on the opening dates and events can be found on the pool's Facebook page. 

 

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