Rapid City finding relief from the heat in the city’s aquatic attractions
“Mostly the grandbabies,” Rapid City resident Mark Barnes said. “They just moved back from Washington, so they are not used to the hot like this. So this is a great way for them to beat the heat.”
As for himself, Mark had a very creative way of avoiding the high temperatures.
“I have them run and dip my hat in the water to keep me cool; we got ice cream close by,” said Barnes. “So it is a great way to spend time with family and keep the heat down.”
Michael Mitchell and his family were visiting from Tennessee. They were out — cooling off during their vacation — before driving over to Sioux Falls and then back home.
“It is a great relief to be out here and have this on a hot day like today,” said Mitchell. “A lot of free stuff for the kids, so we are happy about that too.”
Of course the splash pad is not the only option here in town. Rapid City offers several different pools to escape the rising temperatures such as the Roosevelt Center, which offers both indoor and outdoor pool options with plenty of room for lap swimming and family fun.
However, the Jimmy Hilton Pool at Sioux Park definitely saw a larger crowd. Lifeguard Giana Smith utilized some of the pool’s more exciting features to cool off between sessions.
“My favorite thing is to go down the big slides over there after my break and then just cool off for a bit,” said Smith.
And of course, places such as Sheridan Lake and Pactola Lake can’t be forgotten — featuring boating and other fun water sports to enjoy.
But wherever you go, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated.