Pool Attendance Dips as Temps Dive

By Heather Hubbs

A dive in temperatures is impacting local pools. Marion closed their pools Tuesday. In Cedar Rapids there were a few brave soles who got in the water despite the chilly temps. The Cedar Rapids Parks Department will only cancel lap swim if the air temperature gets below 60, the threshold for open swim is 70 degrees.

It is rare for Cedar Rapids to cancel open swim due to cool weather but it does happen on occasion. They adapt for cooler weather, during Tuesday’s swim lessons at Bever Park Pool they kept the kids on dry land huddled under towels for the first part of class, only putting the kids in the water for the last half. The cold didn’t seem to both most of the little ones, the parents watching however looked a little chilly bundled up in layers. Lifeguards are allowed to wear sweat shirts to keep their top half warm, but sweat pants aren’t allowed while they are on duty. It’s actually colder outside of the pool than it is in it.

”There is a misconception these pools are only heated by the solar sun. They are heated mechanically so they are maintained at 79 or 80 degrees so the water is always warm,“ said Carolyn Hamilton, Aquatics Supervisor.

You may just want to keep a towel near the pool to grab when you hop out and that cooler air hits you. The pools in Cedar Rapids plan to be open again for swim lessons and lap swim on Wednesday, weather or not they will have open swim won’t be determined until 30 minutes before open swim starts. With the forecast high of 74, there’s a good chance swimmers will be allowed in.

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