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Lakemont Park set to open attractions in phases

Opening slated for June 13

Elizabeth O’Brien and her mother, Tammi Eddy, both of Howard, ride the Motorway Go-Karts at Lakemont Park on June 7, 2019. The park is opening for the season June 13, after being delayed by state regulations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mirror file photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Lakemont Park will open for the season on June 13.

The opening of the 2020 season has been delayed by state regulations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials are excited to see the park open.

“Our main objective is to do what is in the best interest of the community. Following months of stay-at-home restrictions, we hope that the opening of Lakemont Park this summer will give people the opportunity to get out of the house, in the fresh outdoors, walking and exercising again, enjoying sunshine and nature,” said Andrea Cohen, Lakemont Park president.

“The announced opening of Lakemont Park is great news,” said Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb. “It will be a welcome change to walk around through the beautiful landscaping, play miniature golf with the grandchildren and enjoy ice cream.”

Teams battle during summer basketball league on June 11, 2019, at Lakemont Park. Play will begin this year on June 15. Mirror file photo

State Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, and Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico also are excited.

“It was so nice to hear that Lakemont Park has decided to open. It will provide a wonderful opportunity for family recreation. Lakemont Park is one of those Blair County treasures that the community will want to support,” said Ward.

“It is so nice to add Lakemont Park to the list of businesses in our area that are opening,” Pacifico said. “Outdoor recreation is important, and I am hopeful that the community will support Lakemont’s decision to open.”

The park will be opening in phases with heightened cleanliness measures and social distancing protocols. Phase one of the opening will include Motorway Go-Karts, Keystone Falls Mini-Golf, Rabbit Hole Mini-Golf and the batting cages.

New measures include frequent cleaning of high-touch areas, hand sanitizer dispensers, social distancing signs, the spacing out of tables in the pavilions, limited attendance by attraction and sanitation of equipment between users.

Face coverings are recommended unless a guest has a medical condition.

“Lakemont Park’s core value is togetherness, bringing the community and families closer. We do this through creating a unique environment and activities that promote family fun in the great outdoors. Every decision we make is with this in mind,” said General Manager Jeremy Courtney. “During this time of closures and restrictions, the team at Lakemont Park is committed to be there for the community.”

“After an assuring conversation with ownership of Lakemont Park, I know that all possible precautions will be observed,” said state Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg. “This allows visitors the opportunity to enjoy their time together at this community tourism attraction.”

Pavilions are available to rent beginning in phase one, with a restriction on the number of guests, per new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Guests can order picnic baskets for small group gatherings in advance. Also opening is the C2 Trolley House, an open-air bar/restaurant, serving adult beverages and a limited menu. While some of the concession stands will remain closed for the summer, the new Lakeside Cafe will open later in June, as part of phase two.

The Lakemont Park Basketball Summer League and the Blair Regional YMCA Volleyball League are still scheduled to take place this summer. Basketball league officials have announced play will begin June 15.

“We are looking forward to working with Lakemont Park again this year to bring the CBRC Lakemont Park Men’s Summer Basketball League out of quarantine,” said CBRC Executive Director Michael Hofer. “Our league director will work in cooperation with the park to follow all guidelines set forth for the safety and well-being of our players and officials.”

Courts are available for public use or private rentals this season, but guests will be required to bring their own basketballs and volleyballs.

Several Lakemont Park events and attractions have been canceled or put on hold as the park is committed to following CDC and Department of Health guidelines.

At this time, the Treehouse Waterpark is closed for the season. Additionally, due to state restrictions on large social gatherings, all concerts and festivals and the July 4 fireworks display have been canceled.

Other rides, such as Leap-the-Dips, the Skyliner and the C.P. Huntington Train, may potentially open in a later phase. The park plans to announce other small group events, such as movie nights, as they arise.

Hours of operation are noon to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Gates open at 8 a.m. for walkers. Passes will not be offered at this time.

For ticket pricing information and any ongoing updates, visitlakemontparkfun.com, Lakemont Park Facebook page, or call the park office at 949-7275.

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