State parks to open beaches

All 58 state park beaches, including Canoe Creek in Hollidaysburg and Prince Gallitzin in Patton, will open for swimming on June 6, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced.

Pools in state parks, such as Blue Knob in Pavia, will remain closed through June 12 with most in yellow and green counties opening June 13.

All nine marinas in state parks are open. Shoreline mooring sites at all state parks are open.

“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,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said in a release.

Capacity at beaches and pools will be limited to 50 percent of the normal facility capacity. Mitigation measures will be in place, including restricting visitor parking, controlling facility access, social distancing and the wearing of face masks when not in the water. All Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance remains in effect.

Meanwhile, as the latest counties were announced as yellow, Dunn said facilities would be reopening at 18 state parks in eight counties. Family campground sites and park offices will open today at those 18 state parks.

Also opening today will be district offices in the Michaux, Weiser, Rothrock and Delaware state forests.

In counties announced earlier this month as yellow, park and forest offices, tent and RV camping have opened.

Facilities such as cabins, cottages, lodges and yurts will open statewide on June 12.

The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park, Centre County, also reopened.

All picnic pavilion reservations, playgrounds, nature play areas, interpretive centers, amphitheaters and group camping facilities statewide remain closed until further notice.


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