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FREE: Mayor Daniel opens Burnworth Pool for free

July 6, 2012

Dustin Altimus flips his hair out of his eyes as he exits the pool.

COLUMBIA CITY — With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Thursday afternoon in Columbia City, Mayor Ryan Daniel opened up the city pool to local residents for free.

Burnworth pool, which is kept at a comfortable 80 degrees, was available for free Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.

It will also be free Friday and Saturday at the same time. Pool employees said the pool has seen more activity with the hot temperatures.

This year city officials extended the pool’s hours on Monday and Tuesday to 8 p.m. instead of closing at 6 p.m. With today’s high at 106 degrees, residents can expect to see more children playing in Burnworth Pool or the city’s splash pad at Morsches Park than on the playground.

With the hot weather, doctors warn parents to use sunscreen and give children plenty of fluids to drink.

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