Linda Graham, Pittsburg Aquatic Center manager, said swimmers left the pool Wednesday with an unexpected souvenir: Blue lips.

Linda Graham, Pittsburg Aquatic Center manager, said swimmers left the pool Wednesday with an unexpected souvenir: Blue lips.
Cooler weather put a hamper on the first day of the summer for many area pools, keeping attendance low and water temperatures even lower, down to the low 70s.
“We probably had right at 100 kids, but they’ve all gone home pretty quick,” Graham said. “On a typical day in the summer, we’ll get 500, 600, 700 kids. We looked at the weather yesterday and we kind of expected it. It’s nothing new. It seems like the first day of the pool is always this way.”
But despite the cool temperatures and sparse attendance, Graham said the day was not without its uses.
“It’s not really a bad day,” Graham said. “It’s kind of like a dress rehearsal for the lifeguards. It gives them an extra day to get ready for tomorrow.”
One lifeguard, Jace Erwin, said he appreciates the easier beginning to the summer.
“It helps us ease into our lifeguard training,” Erwin said. “It definitely helps people with learning how the rotation goes with people that are new. Days like this help you to get used to watching people.”
Erwin also noted that although the crowds were thin, they had a good time. In fact, the swimmers may have had a better time than the lifeguards, many of whom were wearing sweatshirts or goosebumps.
“There’s some pretty die-hard swimmers out here in this type of weather. But for the most part, they are having fun,” Erwin said. “The water’s pretty warm, though. It’s probably warmer than the lifeguard stations.”
Graham said that the pools used to open on Memorial Day weekend, and one day on that weekend would often be wet and rainy. Luckily, Graham has seen the forecast that shows warmer weather the next few days.
But as for Wednesday’s cool opening, Graham was both surprised and unsurprised by what she saw.
“All of the kids were using their little cell phones to call Mom and go home. They all have cell phones. That was interesting, I thought,” Graham said. “Most of them didn’t last long. Most were only in for an hour, and then out. But it was the same crowd as last year. We knew exactly who was going to come out. And we knew every last one of them.”

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