After a new safety act made it impossible to continue to operate Robert Kepler Memorial Pool's kiddie pool, the YMCA of Centre County converted it into a play area with the help of a grant from the Centre County Community Foundation.
Two summers ago, the kiddie pool at Robert Kepler Memorial Pool, in Bellefonte, was 24 to 30 feet in diameter and 1.5 feet deep, like it’s always been. But inside that kiddie pool, which was closed to the public, sat only a sad, lonely sprinkler head attached to a hose.
Drill or cut holes into the sides of your kiddie pool too. I drilled holes about a ¼ to ½ inch above the bottom of the pool, in case the bottom holes didn’t let out sufficient water. Having plants sitting in soggy soil will kill most of them, so having good drainage is key. You can also elevate your pool, by putting it on bricks or wood to make sure the water can get out of the bottom. I put mine on a dirt driveway, so knew the drainage would be ok.
According to Howard Long, vice president/chief operations officer of the YMCA of Centre County, the passing of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act made it impossible to operate the existing kiddie pool without making extremely expensive upgrades.