Craig Wind-blown ripples distorted the surface of the Craig Pool Friday afternoon as fourth-year lifeguard Matt Hulstine, 18, huddled in a towel and watched a small group of dedicated chlorine fiends splash in the shallow end.
The pool’s grand opening fizzled as cold temperatures and inclement weather made the prospect of going for a dip a little less appealing. The Craig Swimming Complex opened Tuesday, and then closed it’s doors Wednesday and Thursday due to cold temperatures.
“It has to be at least 65 degrees out for us to open,” said Lifeguard Kelly Knez. “Otherwise it starts to get unsafe.”
The average temperature for May 31 is 71 degrees, but this year it hovered in the mid-sixties and the lower-than-average temperatures have beset Craig all week. As a result, the pool has seen far fewer people turning out for the first week of the season than last year.
“We usually have a good amount of people in the summer,” Hulstine said. “So we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Back in the shallow end Mary, Samantha and Tess Willems weren’t letting the cold stop them from enjoying their first trip to the pool this season.
“You just have to jump back in really fast if you get out because it’s kind of cold,” Tess Willems said. “I do wish it were a little warmer.”
Fortunately, temperatures for the weekend will be in the 70s and 80s. The Craig Swimming Complex is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.