INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It’s the middle of July. Often, we call this time of year, the “dog days of summer.” But right now it feels a lot more like fall.
Some might have even checked the calendar to make sure they haven’t slept through the warm season. And it’s cooled down some of the usual summer hotspots. No lines at the ticket window. No one in or near the pools at the Waterpark at the Monon Center in Carmel. It’s afternoon in mid July and the place is empty.
“If it’s a beautiful summer day, we can get anywhere between 2,000 people in a day up to 3,000,” says Eric Mehl, Assistant Director of the Monon Center.
But this is not a “beautiful” summer day. And because it costs $500 an hour to staff the water park, based on a policy put in place in 2013, the park is for the moment, closed.
“Now we won’t open the pool unless it’s going to be at least 70 degrees by noon,” he says.
“Cool weather or not, some kids just can’t resist the water. At Woodland Country Club the pool remains open, but few kids are brave enough to get in it. Club manager Robert Reynolds says, “The temperatures have definitely affected attendance. As you look around the pool area you usually have 100 or so people around here and today it’s pretty quiet.”
And that means there’s no fighting for space in the pool or on the lounge chairs around it. Which mom Kate Swanson can appreciate.
“It’s kind of a nice break, a little bit. I mean at least it’s sunny.” she says. Sunny or not, swimming takes on a different set of rules during July days in the 60’s.
“They want to stay in the water once they’re in. During practice I called one of my kids out and he had chattering teeth so I told him to get back in,” Swanson says.
Golf courses were more crowded than the pools. But even here, the manager says numbers are down on days like this. Normally 80 or 90 people out here. On Tuesday there are about 60.
But those on the course, like Alex Dickman, say they don’t think much about the weather. “It gets a little windy out here. But the cold I don’t mind. The pool I can understand why you might stay away from that. But the golf it’s always a good day for that,” he says.
Back at the Monon Center, the decision on whether to open is made everyday, depending on the forecast and conditions.