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Newly constructed splash pad on Monday at Lackawanna State Park. Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer Story by Clay

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BUTCH COMEGYS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The newly built splash pad at Lackawanna State Park is just about ready for visitors.

Water in the pool at Lackawanna State Park rippled and chopped with a light breeze Friday afternoon, reflecting sunlight all the while.

The only thing missing from the pool: swimmers. That will soon change. The pool had been closed while the swimming facility at the park underwent renovations, and the updated facility is slated to open on Saturday, May 28, just in time for prime swimming season.

“We’re putting the finishing touches on it,” park Manager Kevin Koflanovich said. “We’re basically complete.”

The previous pool was as old as the park, which opened in 1972, Koflanovich said. The old pool, which was round, is replaced by a keystone-shaped pool with a maximum capacity of 1,000 occupants, he said.

The pool is not the only renovation. The project also included replacing shower and changing facilities for men and women, as well as a new food concessions building, first-aid area, ticket booth and lifeguard facilities, Koflanovich said.

There is also a new splash pad with buckets, hoses, water cannons and other features that shoot, spray and otherwise splash water. The pad has separate areas for children of different ages, Koflanovich said.

While no one is yet allowed inside, the nearly finished and functional facility drew the curiosity of park visitors Friday.

The project cost more than $4 million and is part of the Enhance Penn’s Wood initiative, a two-year, $200 million statewide investment plan to repair and improve parks and forests.

“We were fortunate enough to completely replace the whole pool facility,” Koflanovich said.

If you go...

The new pool and splash pad at Lackawanna State Park opens Sat., May 28 at 11 a.m. and will be open daily thereafter from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the summer.

Daily rates

* Swimmer: $5

* Senior Citizen: $4

* Late Arrival (after 4 p.m.): $4

* Children under 42 inches in height: Free

* Season passes are also available.

For more information on Lackawanna State Park and other state parks, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us.