Bellefonte residents call Kepler Pool a community staple and the possibility this may have been their last summer at the local local swimming pool both saddens and frustrates them.
"I really don't understand why you would close something that the community doesn't really have many of," says Emil Cunningham, a Bellefonte resident who lives down the street from the pool with his wife and young daughter.
Cunningham says they moved to the area in 2010 and have been going to the pool every summer since then. Now, with a toddler daughter, he goes more often.
"It's in a great area," says Cunningham, who is originally from New York City. "It's relatively secluded and it's just a hidden gen; a hidden secret back there."
During the last few days of summer, that hidden gem has remained quiet with no splashing swimmers or whistling life guards. The pool's filtration pump broke causing it close five days early.
The pool is forty-years-old and no longer qualifies for funding for improvements. The Centre County YMCA has asked the local townships that have residents who visit the pool to add a recreational tax, projected at around $10 per person. Bellefonte Borough has agreed to add the tax.
"We haven't heard from Walker, Benner and Spring townships but we are very optimistic to be open next year," says Howard Long, the Centre County YMCA President and CEO in a statement to WTAJ.
Cunningham holds the same sentiment; he's hopeful this summer was not the last that he and his daughter will be enjoying the local swimming pool together.
"If you can do anything you can to keep this pool open for members of the community who enjoy it; do what you can to help us out," says Cunningham.
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