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Hot day getaway: Oshkosh pool-goers pack Pollock Community Water Park

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Jun 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-21 09:35:49-04

OSHKOSH, Wis. (NBC 26) — In an area not known for sizzling summers, people are trying to stay cool in whatever ways they can, particularly at the pool.

If you're going to get away on this hot day at the pool, it's a good idea to have a plan.

"Making sure (I'm) drinking plenty of water," Oshkosh pool-goer Emily Kienetz said.

Kienetz is spending tot time with her six-month old son at Pollock Community Water Park in Oshkosh, a popular choice for several parents and their young kiddos to beat the heat.

"It's already feeling warm," Kienetz said. "But the water is nice and cool, so that's good."

But if you think tot time was busy, people packed the entrance as the pool opened to the public.

It didn't take long for people to drop in from the slides, or take a dive.

"It's where everybody wants to be on those super hot days just to somehow stay cool," Oshkosh parks & recreation department revenue facilities manager Jenny McCollian said.

The lifeguards need to cool off, too.

Lifeguard Jacob Larson says they drink lots of water and eat during breaks.

"So, we make sure that we're always 100 percent to make sure that we're ready to go if anyone needs anything," Larson said.

As a precaution on hot days, McCollian says lifeguards get heat breaks throughout the day.

"We kind of separate the pool out and do some extra breaks," McCollian said.

"We just get to like jump in, go off like the diving board and like the drop slide and stuff, and we just get to cool off," Larson said. "It feels really nice."

Proving that the water can be someone's best friend when the heat index cranks up.

McCollian also says the pool is doing well with staffing, so pool hours should be normal.

More information to the pool's hours can be found here.