Keeping cool on a sunny afternoon

Wading pools provide welcome relief from the heat

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Cheryl Kormann and her great-nephew Drew Schlumpberger beat the heat Friday at the Lincoln Park wading pool.

NEW ULM — With temperatures reaching as high as 90 degrees, the coolest place to be Friday were the local swimming spots at Washington Park, Lincoln Park, and Flandrau State Park.

The wading pools at Washington and Lincoln Park were overrun with young kids.

New Ulm Assistant Park and Recreation Director Cheryl Kormann visited the Lincoln Park with her 11-month-old nephew Drew Schlumpberger. It was Drew’s first visit to the wading pool.

Kormann said the attendance at the Lincoln Park wading pools was high, with over 100 people visiting in the first three hours.

Washington Park saw similar numbers. The difference between the two wading pools is Lincoln Park features play features for younger kids and Washington Park has features for slightly older youths.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt The Flandrau State Park swimming pond drew crowds of campers and families Friday afternoon.

Matt and Jen Geiger said their son Adam was finally old enough for Washington Park. Adam took to the water like a duck.

Jen Geiger said they were excited about the splashpad coming to North Park. Its a feature they will definitely use.

The swimming pond at Flandrau had a decent crowd as well, but some visitors were scared off by the increased gnat activity this year. Fortunately, the young swimmers took little notice to the flying pests.

Friday’s high temperatures, which hit 87, are expected to continue Saturday with a high of 85 degrees predicted. A cool down is expected Sunday with a chance for evening rain.