Pennsylvania state parks preparing to welcome swimmers back to pools, beaches

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  As the rest of Pennsylvania’s counties move to Gov. Wolf’s “yellow” phase for reopening, more facilities are opening at state parks, including swimming areas.

Cindy Adams Dunn, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary, said Saturday is going to be a big day for many state parks.

“So effective on June 6, all the swimming beaches across the state will be open, and like for instance in the southeast part of the state, Beltzville in Carbon County is a popular beach that’s driveable for many people,” she said. 

And, in a week, Adams Dunn said the pools start opening, including the one at Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County. 

Nockamixon State Park pool in Bucks County outside Quakertown will reopen on June 20.

But she said pool visitors should be prepared for restrictions.

“In the pool areas, you want to wear a mask when you’re not in the water. We’re running the pools at 50% capacity, so there’s a potential for disappointment there. If you get all loaded up, ready to go to the pool, and if it’s 50% capacity, you’ll be turned away or asked to wait,” she explained. 

Adams Dunn said they were hoping to open the pool at Nockamixon sooner, but there was a shortage of trained lifeguards because certifications were frozen in the COVID-19 "red" zones.

She said guards can now complete their certifications and will be ready to go.