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Parks, pools visited despite damp

May 29, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

Outdoor enthusiasts took advantage of dry Memorial Day skies to enjoy several Washington County parks and pools.

More than 700 visitors had toured Antietam National Battlefield by 2 p.m. Monday, and about 2,000 people visited the historic park over the weekend despite heavy rains, said Visitor Use Assistant Colleen Mastrangelo.

"It didn't matter if it was sunny or not," she said.

Monday's scattered sunshine prompted numerous telephone inquiries about boating and fishing at Fort Frederick State Park near Big Pool, and visitors enjoyed living history demonstrations inside the fort, said park receptionist Beth Fields.

Even weekend downpours didn't damper the park's Encampment 2000 festivities, which still drew a crowd, Fields said.

Hagerstown had more than 0.8 inches fall Saturday and Sunday, and Monday's high reached 66 degrees, according to Hagerstown Weather Observer Greg Keefer.

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But cloudy skies and cool temperatures didn't deter some area kids from taking the plunge on Memorial Day.

About 10 swimmers bobbed in the chilly water at the Claude M. Potterfield Pool off Frederick Street in Hagerstown, said Pool Manager Mike Horst.

The city-owned pool opened Saturday, but "Nobody showed up," Horst said. "It was just so rainy and miserable."

About 20 people utilized the Hancock Municipal Swimming Pool on Monday, said Pool Manager Bill Sterner.

"The water's a little warmer than the air temperature up here today," he said.

The pool hosted about 40 kids at its Friday night opening, but closed Saturday and Sunday due to poor weather, Sterner said. Some 700 swimmers flocked to the Hancock pool last Memorial Day weekend, he said.

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