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As summer heats up, so does The Beach


July 26, 2019

Jana Peterson

Siblings Dina Lee, 5, and Lucas Lee, 4, have a blast at the beach squirting each other on a warm July 5. The Lee family was visiting from Milwaukee and camping nearby, so they came to the Cloquet swimming pond with friends to cool off. Jana Peterson / Pine Knot News

As temperatures have climbed this summer, so have attendance numbers at The Beach.

Community Ed director Ruth Reeves said 642 has been their highest attendance-day so far this season at the city swimming pond in Pinehurst Park.

Jana Peterson

She explained that June was cool and wet, so numbers were down a little that month with 3,299 user-visits. They are right on track for July, Reeves said, adding that they were at 5,890 user-visits (not counting babies) as of July 23.

"If it's hot and sunny, then were busy," Reeves said. "You can look at the attendance and guess what the weather was that day. People like the sun. And if it's 88 degrees and full sun, we know it's time to call in all the staff."

Reeves praised the mostly young people who work at the swimming pond along with aquatics coordinator Kayla Cotner, who trains the staff all summer long.

"It's a demanding job," Reeves said, "but we get a lot of positive comments from the public, and that ongoing training really shows. They're a professional staff, for sure."


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