Bellefonte – The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provided a $1.3 million grant for the Kepler Community Pool. As part of their 2022 Community Conservation Partnerships program, the grant is intended to help restore this summer gathering place.
According to the grant award, given to the Nittany Valley Joint Recreation Authority, the funding will be used to make improvements to the bathhouse, concessions and parking lot while building a new wading pool and improving filtration, recreation systems and public services. The pool will improve disabled access, landscaping and signage.
The pool and its facilities, in use for more than 50 years, were showing their age with various structural deficiencies, officials said.
“This return of taxpayer investment in the Kepler Community Pool will go a long way to revitalizing and renewing this asset so important to the Bellefonte/Spring/Walker/Inter-Valley area,” commented Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff. of Pennsylvania House. “The Kepler Community Pool has always been a great gathering place for families in our community during the summer months and the sooner work can begin on needed upgrades to the pool and surrounding facilities, the sooner we can bring this important community resource to its full potential.”