By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
NORTHUMBERLAND —Officials running Liberty Splashland have announced several changes at the popular community pool, with only about six weeks left before its official 2013 opening date on June 4, a free admission day.
But something that definitely won’t change, said park director and Northumberland Borough Councilman Greg Carl, is “the 45-foot-tall bowl slide, which will be operational for the entire swim season.” Carl said there are similar slides at Camelbeach in the Poconos and at Hersheypark, but nothing else like it in Northumberland County.
“I feel like when people talk about Northumberland, they will say that’s the place that has the bowl slide,” he said.
There also will be a new person in charge at Splashland, manager Rebeka Kline, of Northumberland, who will be on site five days a week.
“Kline is certified in water safety and is qualified to teach classes in life-guarding and swimming,” Carl said. Last year, she served as lifeguard at the pool the final few weeks of the season.
“I knew that Greg (Carl) would need to hire lifeguards,” she said Tuesday. “But he’s not a lifeguard, and I am. I began advising him on what to look for when hiring, and he had the idea that I should instead do it.”
Kline will be teaching lifeguard and swimming lesson at the pool beginning in May, she said.
Lifeguard classes will run from May 28 to June 3 and then from June 10-14. Cost of the class is $125, but early registration, before May 17 for the earlier session and May 31 for the second session, will save $25 off the cost of the course.
Three weeklong swimming classes are scheduled in June, July and August at a cost of $30 or $25 for early registration. The first session is June 17-28, the second is July 17-26 and the third is Aug. 5-16. Early registration dates are 10 days before the class begins.
Both Kline and Carl said they are excited about the coming season and want to make increased attendance a priority.
“That’s one of the reasons we cut the cost of admittance,” Carl said. “In some cases, by quite a lot. We believe that when all is said and done, we have the lowest rates in the area.”
One day, all-day general admission prices are $6 for individuals 5-foot-2 or taller; for those who are shorter, admission is $5 per person. For anyone younger than 5, admission is free.
Family passes have been discontinued.
The cost of individual season passes has dropped significantly. Last year’s individual season passes cost $80. But this year, residents — defined as those living in the 17857 area code — who are 5-foot-2 or taller will pay $45 and those who are shorter will pay $37.50.
Non-residents rates are $50 for those 5-foot-2 or taller and $41.50 for those who are shorter.
Resident and non-resident kids younger than 5 get in for free.
“Individually, these are fantastic deals,” Carl said, “by having rates so low. Add that to the bowl slide and cooperating weather, and we expect to have a very good year.”