Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn noted today that state park pools and beaches will be open this holiday weekend to welcome visitors for the outdoor activities that have been so essential to our well-being during the pandemic.

“We are again delighted to be able to provide our visitors with opportunities to cool off and have fun this summer,” said Dunn. “Swimming pools and beaches provide affordable options for individuals and families across the Commonwealth and we hope to see visitors safely recreate in our parks during our warmer months.”

Fifteen state parks have pools for the public and some will be open starting Saturday, May 28. They are generally open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

Dunn noted this year that the ability to hire lifeguards, construction delays, or having pools run by contracted concessions impact schedules at the following parks:

  • Caledonia State Park, Adams County, due to construction and staffing issues, pool opening will be delayed
  • Codorus State Park, York County, only the wading pool will be in operation until additional lifeguards can be hired
  • Frances Slocum State Park, Luzerne County, pool will be open May 28 and will operate on weekends and holidays
  • French Creek State Park, Berks County, pool is closed for the season as it does not have a pool dealer. Parties who may be interested in partnering with the office as a concessionaire to operate the pool for the 2023 season and beyond should contact the French Creek State Park office
  • Lackawanna State Park, Lackawanna County, pool will open June 4, operating daily, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, pool will open June 7 and operate daily
  • Ryerson Station State Park, Greene County, pool opening to be determined due to construction and staffing

Parks not mentioned will resume normal summer operation on Saturday, May 28.

Swimming is permitted in 35 Commonwealth state parks at designated beaches. Swimming beaches are open and free to the public from before Memorial Day through after Labor Day, unless otherwise noted.

With the exception of Almost Isle State Park in Erie and Lake Fuller in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County, all beaches in the park operate under a “free swim” policy, which which means you swim at your own risk. Although lifeguards are not present, the beaches are supervised by park staff.

To apply for a lifeguard position, please contact the local park for more information. The DCNR will reimburse selected applicants for their required lifeguard certifications. Information on all open Commonwealth positions can be found and applied for at Employment.pa.gov.

A number of state parks and forest recreation areas are expected to experience crowds during holidays and weekends, especially when the weather is favorable. Visitors are always encouraged to consider options for less crowded locations or to visit on weekdays if possible.

Overnight accommodations such as camping and cabins for Memorial Day weekend are close to capacity. Reservations can be made 11 months in advance, and the State Parks Reservation System provides information on availability.

For more information on state parks and state forests, visit the DCNR website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wesley Robinson, 717-877-6315

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