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City beach, MH pool won’t open this summer

RICK KESSINGER/THE EXPRESS Mill Hall Borough council recently announced the community pool will not open in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LOCK HAVEN — It looks like anyone with a pool in their backyard may become popular with their neighbors this summer.

Both the Lock Haven City Beach and Mill Hall Community Pool will remain closed for the 2020 summer season, officials announced this week.

“Since swimming at a public beach is not permitted until the green phase, the city will not be opening the city beach on the Susquehanna River this year to supervised swimming,” City Manager Gregory Wilson said.

This is the second time in recent years the beach has been forced to shut down. The swimming area was closed for the majority of 2018 when the water showed high levels of E coli.

City playground equipment will also remain off limits, Wilson said.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS The city beach, located along the Susquehanna River, will not be open for supervised swimming for the 2020 season.

“The playground play areas, like the equipment, skate park, basketball and baseball fields, will not be open to the public until the green phase is reached,” he said.

Even once the “green phase” of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan is reached, activities may still be restricted.

“Some activities may be restricted because of cleaning requirements that may be too costly for the city to regularly and economically maintain,” he said.

Mill Hall Borough Council, which overseas the Mill Hall Community Pool, also announced it will not be opening this summer.

“Because of the regulations that were placed upon us in regards to the coronavirus there is no way that we could maintain them,” Council President Anthony “Tony” Walker said.

Walker said council had been considering keeping the pool closed since the pandemic first began. This is also the first time in recent memory the pool was forced to remain closed, he said.

“I can’t even remember the last time it was closed,” he said.

Even if the county moves into the “green phase” of Wolf’s plan, the pool will remain closed.

“We’re going to be closed for the whole season. To get it up and running and to get all our staff back in place … I’m not sure how long that would take,” Walker said.

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