Weather dampens swimmers' enthusiasm

Wrapped up in her towel and wearing a jacket, lifeguard
Kailey Rader attempts to stay warm while watching
swimmers in the lazy river Tuesday afternoon at the

The Aquacourt Water Park has made less of a splash so far this year because of the chilly temperatures and windy afternoon conditions.

Ryan Martin, recreation superintendent and manager of the Aquacourt, estimates that the park, which opened May 25, has had 30 to 40 percent fewer attendees than what it normally sees during this same period.

"It's been slow going so far this year," Martin said. "People think that if it's cold outside, the pool's going to be cold, too."

The Aquacourt has been closed two days in the last two weeks and has closed early on numerous other days because of low attendance, low temperatures and lightning. Martin said the park's staff decides if the pool needs to be closed.

The park saw its largest crowds on Sunday, May 31, and Monday, June 1, when temperatures in Hastings were in the 60- to 70-degree range. The park saw about 380 visitors both days, which is typical for this time of year, Martin said.

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