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The Lackawanna State Park swimming pool will be closed this summer as The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources constructs a new pool facility.

The project is part of Enhance Penn’s Woods – a two-year, more than $200 million effort launched by Governor Tom Corbett to repair and improve Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

“The park’s swimming pool was first opened in the summer of 1973, and has been a popular attraction for campers and the local public,” DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti said in a press release. “It’s in desperate need of an upgrade, and we thank Governor Corbett for making this investment so we can get this project moving.”

The old swimming pool is set for demolition this summer to prepare for the construction of a new facility.

“We plan to have the new facility open sometime during the 2015 summer season,” Lackawanna State Park Manager Kevin Koflanovich said. “The project will include new shower facilities, food concession, a spray ground/splash zone and zero-entry points for people with disabilities.”

Koflanovich said opportunities for swimming are available at nearby Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County, and Promised Land State Park in Pike County.

For information on Enhance Penn’s Woods visit the DCNR website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us and choose the icon on the homepage.

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