Pennsylvania DCNR logo

Bureau of Recreation and Conservation

DCNR Grants News Head Banner
Featured Project: Lititz Springs Pool Renovations Restore a Local Gem
Drone footage of Lititz Springs pool complex
Aerial view of the renovated pool complex. PC: 717 Drone Guys
Splashpad at Littiz Springs pool complex
Splash pad. PC: Amy Spangler Photography
Kid jumps in at Lititz Springs pool complex
Jumping in! PC: Amy Spangler Photography
The Lititz Springs pool complex is a 2.5-acre gem of Lititz Borough and Warwick School District. For over 65 years, the park has been a destination within walking distance of downtown Lititz and bikeable for several community neighborhoods. The pool also employs over 50 staff for operations.
Lititz Borough and Lititz recCenter staff maintained the pool until the age of the mechanical systems started to make demands that could no longer be met. Renovations were needed. The price tag? A whopping $4.5 million.
The partners worked together on a capital campaign and design. DCNR provided a $500,000 grant to support the splash pad and labor costs. Remaining funding came from several other grants and numerous donors.
The team began an aggressive construction schedule in September 2019. They paused in March and April due to the pandemic, but they still met their goal of opening in June!
  • Modernizing the mechanical and filtration systems
  • Repairing three pools
  • Creating a new splash pad, zero depth entry, mechanical building, and filter house
  • Renovating the bathhouse
  • Adding shade umbrellas
  • Providing ADA accessibility throughout the complex.
Pool patrons have been ecstatic with the renovations. Even with COVID-19 recovery guidelines in place, the pool has seen triple the number of daily uses compared to the past five years.
Lititz Springs pool complex concept video
Want a virtual tour of the pool complex? The project architects, Derck & Edson, produced this project design concept video.
Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Spikes during COVID-19
July is Park and Recreation Month, when we recognize the essential services outdoor recreation provides.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the importance of close-to-home outdoor recreation even clearer. We’ve heard many reports that the number of people visiting parks, trails, and nature preserves has gone way up during the pandemic. Now we have data that confirms it.
Spring data from state parks, electronic trail counters, and camping reservations all show big increases in use from a year ago. We summarized the results in the graphic below.
Heading outside? Remember to follow advice on social distancing and leaving no trace outdoors. Also remember to wear a mask outdoors when you are not able to consistently maintain social distancing.
Infographic about outdoor recreation during COVID-19
Land and Water Conservation Fund Receives Permanent Funding
Exciting news for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and a big thank you to the advocacy efforts of our dedicated partners, and to the congressional members who voted in support of the Great American Outdoors Act!
On July 22, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Act in a 310-107 bipartisan vote. The bill passed out of the Senate last month with a 73-25 bipartisan vote.
This Act will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at the authorized level of $900 million annually.
In a time of continued hardship, nature is our only constant. We all need and deserve places to recreate and find respite in the outdoors, a place to recharge and reconnect. The passage of this bill allows for an increase in the dedicated funding for local park and recreation projects across Pennsylvania, leading to healthier and more vibrant communities.
The bill now heads directly to the President’s desk for signature. We look forward to continuing our work with our partners and communities across Pennsylvania to protect and enhance Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation resources.
Dates to Remember
Calendar icon
powered by emma