Beating The Heat

NEW BREMEN — With temperatures holding in the 90s in recent weeks, area residents have flocked to the community pool to cool down.

“We’ve been extremely busy,” New Bremen Community Pool Manager Molly Burnell told The Evening Leader. “We’ve had lots of families with the holidays and lots of out of town people.”

Burnell noted she saw an influx in visitors after the storm that hit the region last week.

“After the storm, we had lots of people come over,” she said. “They all must have thought, ‘Without power, let’s go to the pool.’”

Anderson Kramer, 4, did not enjoy getting in the water last year, but now enjoys making a splash as he jumps into the water.

“Jumping in,” he said of his favorite thing to do at the pool as he began his three-step takeoff into the water.

Not far from Anderson, Chase Dirksen, 4, was jumping up and down in the water.

“I like sticking my head under,” Chase said of his favorite pool activity.

Sophia Dirksen, 2, said she enjoys a New Bremen Community Pool staple.

“The froggy slide,” she said.

Carter Dirksen, 5, likes splashing around in another pool staple.

“I like going in the mushroom,” Carter said.

Though time can go by quickly at the pool, Burnell cautioned visitors be aware of how long they have been in the sun and to keep hydrated.

“When people come, they need to remember that they still need to drink lots of water and to take breaks and get out of the sun,” she said.

Visitors to the New Bremen Community Pool have snacks and drinks available at the vending machines and are also able to bring their own food and beverages.

The New Bremen Community Pool hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, family swim is held from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., open swim is held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., adult hour is held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and open swim is held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, family swim is held from noon to 1 p.m. and open swim is held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.