State Park Beaches to Open for Swimming; Playgrounds Remain Closed
State park beaches will be open to swimming beginning June 6, officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced earlier today.
State park pools will remain closed to the public until June 12, with those in yellow and green counties reopening on June 13.
Beaches and pools will be limited to half of their usual capacity with added mitigation protocols in place; face masks must be worn, social distancing practices continuing and parking restrictions will be in place
“Water-based activity is an integral part of the state park experience in Pennsylvania and, with appropriate protocols in place to ensure safety and as staffing permits, this department continues to reopen its state parks and forests so that Pennsylvanians can realize all the benefits of being outdoors,” Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn said Thursday in a release announcing the plan.
All state parks and forests now have at least one restroom open to the public. Trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads, and parking areas will also be open statewide for use.
Facilities such as cabins, cottages, and lodges, will be opening statewide on June 12, the release reads.
All picnic pavilion reservations, playgrounds, nature play areas, amphitheaters, and group camping facilities will remain closed until further notice, officials said.
For details about marinas and boat concessions at individual parks, please call the state park directly.
Events in counties declared red are canceled through June 15. Counties designated yellow, events with more than 25 people will be canceled.
Pennsylvania has 121 state parks and 20 forest districts. You can view a full list here.
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