By Sheila McLaughlin
Enquirer staff writer
A handful of die-hard lap swimmers at dawn were the only people taking the plunge at the Blue Ash Recreation Center pool Friday.
Pool managers decided to shut down the outdoor aquatic center for the first time this week as the thermometer stayed below 70 degrees in a 10-day stretch of below-normal temperatures.
Only a handful of residents have shown up at the pool daily since Wednesday, when the city began opening the pool at 4 p.m. because of the cool spell.
"It kills the efficiency thing," said recreation leader Brian Kruse. "If you don't have enough people interested in swimming, it's kind of tough for you to have to put all the guards out there."
Pools report little attendance since temperatures began bottoming out midweek. Cincinnati's two pools on the Ohio riverfront and in Winton Place had about 10 swimmers each throughout Friday afternoon, community center director Ellen Brewster.
"Any time summer wants to kick in - bring it on," said Mary Schumacher, vice president of sales and marketing at Coney Island,in Anderson Township.
Attendance at Sunlite Pool Friday was about 20 percent of the normal summer crowd.
"We had some stalwart people, but most people are on the right side of the park" for the rides, Schumacher said. Friday's 69 degrees was about 20 degrees below normal, and Greater Cincinnati hasn't broken the mid-80 mark since Aug. 3, said Greg Tipton of the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
Expect swimming weather to return early next week.
"Monday or Tuesday, we'll get back up to 80," Tipson said.
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