The Capital Region hasn’t had too many 90-degree days this summer — just three, in fact — but you can expect to battle such temperatures today and Tuesday.
Residents were already starting to feel the slow climb up into the 90s Sunday, when temperatures reached a high of 89 degrees. With pure sunshine and no cloud cover, it was a perfect day for a dip in public and community pools, local beaches, spray parks and creeks.
Jessica Brennan and her four kids showed up to the town pool in Niskayuna, and made quick work of slathering on sunscreen and diving in.
“We have a boat, so we do go out onto Saratoga Lake a lot,” she said. “But during the week, it’s nice to take them here because there are showers, there’s a snack bar, there’s volleyball and rubber balls and this whole playground they built a couple years ago. It’s very family-friendly. And it’s nice to go home at the end of the day and put pajamas on.”
The Brennan family paid $200 for a season pass, and visit the pool on Aqueduct Road at least three to four times a week in the summer.
The pool is big with regulars, and people who show up quickly get to know each other, said lifeguards Aberdeen Dinius and Olivia Hilt. Despite temperatures in the high 80s, the pool wasn’t as full as it usually is on a weekend day, they said.
David Wilson of Niskayuna is another regular at the pool. He’s out of town for work fairly often, he said, but he still manages to make it to the pool at least once or twice a month. And his kid visits the pool “all the time,” he added.
“It’s really nice here,” Wilson said. “I wish I could come more often.”
Thankfully, he said, the Capital Region offers a lot of other options for cooling down on a hot day.
“We like to go kayaking at the Kayak Shack in Saratoga,” he said. “We like to go to the Peerless Pool in Saratoga. And then just in the yard. We’ve got sprinklers. That works for us.”
Jo Tylutki had considerably fewer options for cooling off on Sunday. The Fultonville woman drove 10 minutes to the city pool in Amsterdam only to find it closed for want of a lifeguard.
“I mean, it’s not that far, but I just don’t have time to drive up to the lake today because I have other things to do today,” she said. “I just wanted to get wet because it’s so hot. One woman just drove up and said she’d been here last week and it was closed then. They just haven’t had enough lifeguards.”
Unwilling to let it get her down, Tylutki laid out a blanket on the grass near the pool regardless, stripped down to her bathing suit and laid down to read a book and sunbathe.
Julius Rojas looked longingly at the locked Olympic-sized pool Sunday from inside his dad’s SUV. The 18-year-old thought about the pool’s deep, deep end — about 13 feet — and about his siblings and cousins piled in the back of the car, all clad in bathing suits and towels.
“We come here almost every day, but this happens sometimes,” he said. “They’re like always short on staff and everything. I’m a little disappointed that it’s closed today of all days, though.”