Are you planning on getting a seasonal pass to one of Lancaster County's swimming pools this summer? No matter where you live in the county, odds are there's a public swimming pool nearby, but there are three things you should know about this pool season.
1. Two pools are not opening
Lancaster County Swimming Pool announced on their website this week that they are, indeed, not opening up for the season. The reason? A shortage of lifeguards.
Here's what they released:
Due to a shortage of available lifeguards that is impacting the ability of many community pools to open this year, the County has made the necessary decision to not open the Lancaster County Central Park Pool in the summer of 2022. While the County recognizes this news will be disappointing to the many residents who’ve enjoyed all that the facility has to offer, safety is of paramount concern and there are not enough lifeguards to meet essential staffing standards. Everyone is encouraged to explore and discover all of the other activities and resources found within the County Parks system, including beautifully maintained nature trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding; environmental and outdoor education programs; pavilions that can be rented for private events and functions; and, some of the most stunning vistas and scenery to be found in Pennsylvania.
Manheim Community Pool is also closed.
Not just for this season; The community pool is in desperate need of upgrades and repairs, and it's simply not safe to keep the pool open. The pool will likely remain closed for at least the 2023 and 2024 seasons as well.
2. Get passes early
With two large community pools being closed, odds are people will flock to nearby pools, especially after the last two seasons being restricted both when it comes to hours and availability due to the pandemic.
If you're living close to a pool near Manheim or Lancaster City, you might want to book your season passes early. Some pools offer early-bird discounts, you might as well take advantage of those!
3. Daily rates vs. seasonal passes
Depending on how much you're planning on using the pool this season, it might be worth considering purchasing daily passes instead of a seasonal pass.
This could have several benefits; you have the option of trying several different pools in the area, you would be able to explore and see more of the county, and you're not spending as much upfront.
Daily rates in county pools range from $2 to $18, and seasonal passes usually range from $75 to $400.