The swimming pool at French Creek State Park will close for the summer season of 2022, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
The pool’s operator is experiencing a shortfall of lifeguards and other support workers, which is a problem that public aquatic centers across Pennsylvania are dealing with.
“Unfortunately, we will not have the necessary amount of lifeguards and support staff to open the pool at the park in 2022,” said French Creek State Park Complex Manager James Wassell.
Consequently, DCNR encourages park visitors to use the park’s numerous other outdoor recreation activities, such as hiking, camping, disc golf, animal viewing, and boating.
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French Creek State Park, which borders the Schuylkill Highlands, is a haven for people and wildlife. The park, which spans 7,733 acres, is the largest contiguous forest between Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Southeast Pennsylvanians enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and biking in the forests, lakes, marshes, and fields.
In 35 state parks, swimming is permitted. Unless otherwise noted, swimming beaches are open and free to the public from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Other state parks around French Creek with swimming opportunities include Marsh Creek, Neshaminy, and Nockamixon. For hours of operation this season, visitors should contact the parks directly.
To alleviate the lifeguard shortfall, DCNR is offering free certification training to new lifeguards to aid recruitment and prevent future closures.
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