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Despite rain, parks draw visitors on holiday outings

June 01, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The rain on Monday didn't stop Darrell Briscoe, 11, and others from going to Potterfield Pool in Hagerstown to swim and use the new 118-foot water slide.

While some parks in Washington County appeared to have fewer visitors than usual for a holiday weekend, there were people out who didn't let the elements deter them.

Briscoe said he was at the pool on Frederick Street, ready to go swimming, when it opened at noon. He swam in the rain, he said.

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"It felt good," he said.

He pronounced the water slide, which opened Saturday, "pretty cool." What he likes best about the water slide are the twists, he said.

Hagerstown had its Grand Pool Opening and Water Slide Celebration on Saturday. The water slide is 161/2 feet off the ground.

Amanda Trimmer, 16, said she went to the pool because she was "bored and hot."

"It was Memorial Day and we had nothing to do," said Sade Nesbit, 13, who was with Trimmer.

There were about 50 people at the pool at 5 p.m.

Across the parking lot, at Staley Park, Dick Sirbaugh was watching two National Little League teams practicing for a 6 p.m. game.

"Little League doesn't stop for Memorial Day," Sirbaugh said.

The Internet site of Greg Keefer, a Hagerstown weather observer, said there was .35 inch of precipitation on Monday.

Dawn Baronie of Waynesboro, Pa., said she beat the sun to City Park on Monday afternoon. She arrived there about 2 p.m. for a planned gathering of friends and families.

Some of her friends begged off when they saw the rain, she said, while sitting under a pavilion.

"Everyone said, 'No, we are not going anywhere,'" she said.

But she wanted to get out and get some fresh air, she said.

"We are not letting the rain destroy our day," she said.

As for those who chose to stay home, she said, "More power to them. That means less drivers on the road."

Juanita Beall of Smithsburg said her family reunion went on as planned under a pavilion at City Park.

It was raining when family members arrived at 11:30 a.m., she said, but they did not let the weather stop them from gathering, or prevent the children from playing on the park's swings.

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