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Pool and splash pads were busy as temps rise in Omaha

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 18:29:36-04

A heat advisory was in affect on Tuesday, and people were beating the heat at pools and splash pads.

The cool water fountains were the place to be in Benson Park, Sarah Mahlberg and her family walked to the splash pad to cool off in the summer heat.

“Kids are always here, if they aren't at the water park they are at the dry park, so it's early now and in the late afternoon it gets really full out here,” she said.

For her, it’s a safe, fun way to keep her family entertained, and it doesn't hurt that the splash pad is free

“If we do go to the public pools it's pretty packed, so we try to stick to the splash pads.”

At Oak Heights Public Pool, the place was also packed with families,

“It is supposed to be really hot today, and we knew this was a guaranteed way to be able to keep cool,” said Karlie Hermsen, who brings her girls during the week.

“Couple of times a week, to kind of beat the heat, and let the kids swim and get some exercise,” she said.

The pool said they have been extremely busy this year with the hot start to summer and they reach maximum capacity quite often.

“It is usually kind of a game to try to get here before they close the pool for max capacity, it's always get here early enough so we make it in and get chairs,” said Hermsen.

The pool also said the weekend was a nice break from the large crowds, but they expect this week to get busy with the temps climbing again.