The swimming pool at the lieutenant governor's residence at Fort Indiantown Gap opened to the public for the first time in the summer of 2019, with Second Lady Gisele Fetterman overseeing a program to teach water safety and offer novel exposure to swimming.
The Second Lady is accepting requests from nonprofits, summer camps, and organizations that serve groups that wouldn't typically have access to a swimming pool to be guests at the lieutenant governor's residence pool.
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and his family don't live in the Lebanon County property, which has a 30-by-40-foot swimming pool that has gone mostly unused.
The Second Lady was moved to create a water safety program in part by statistics that show dire drowning fatality rates in some demographics. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 3,500 fatal water deaths in the U.S. per year, with the drowning-death rate of Black/African American children being three times higher than that of white children.
"We want children who visit the pool to learn life-saving skills and have a great experience," the Second Lady said. "We can have a direct role in changing those statistics. Swimming comes with a painful legacy of racial segregation. If my children can swim in that pool, so should every child in Pennsylvania."
Groups can be from anywhere within Pennsylvania, and they must provide their own transportation and lifeguards. Limited donated funds are available to assist with lifeguard costs.
Interested group leaders can email the Second Lady at LGPool@pa.gov.
The pool includes a small picnic pavilion and a utilities house with rustic changing rooms and bathrooms.
The lieutenant governor's residence, called the "State House," is a three-story, 2,400 square foot stone house located along Route 934 in Lebanon County.
It was built in the 1940s for the state's adjutant general and periodically served as the sitting governor's summer mansion prior to being turned over in 1971 to house the Lieutenant Governor.