MADISON COUNTY —
Parks and recreation
Agriculture has not been the only area affected by the rain. According to Richmond Parks and Recreation Director Erin Moore, the attendance at the Paradise Cove pool is significantly down from last year.
“Since we opened the pool, it has rained almost every day,” Moore said. “and many of those days have had storms.”
Moore said the pool will remain open during a light rain, but it must close during heavier showers that obscure lifeguards’ views in the water. When lightning strikes, the pool closes for 30 minutes, but will reopen if the storm passes.
One of the biggest problems the rain has caused for the parks is saturation of ball fields, which usually get heavy use during this part of the season. The dirt fields turn to mud after a heavy rain and cannot be played on until they are dry. This has pushed back a number of games during the summer.
“One of our adult leagues is still in tournament play,” Moore said.
With the fall season set to start in August, the fields and workers will likely not get a break between seasons.
In Berea, baseball and softball games have seen similar scheduling problems. However, Rob Stephens, with parks maintenance, said the biggest issue is finding time when the weather is dry enough to mow the constantly growing grass in the parks.
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