Thurston County residents beat the heat, enjoy the sunshine Tuesday

Staff writerMay 13, 2014 

There were no lifeguards Tuesday at Long Lake in Lacey Tuesday, but that didn't stop swimmers from enjoying the water on one of the warmest days of the year in the South Sound.

Swimmers Chayse Boring and Kyle Andrews, both 18-year-old seniors at South Sound High School, said the water wasn't even that cold. "It feels good," Boring said.

Lacey recreation supervisor Jenny Wilson said Tuesday that Long Lake is open to the public, but lifeguards won't be on duty there until June 21. Boring and Andrews joked that they prefer having no lifeguards and "no rules" at the lake, so they can do flips off of the pier.

Meanwhile, Vanessa Green was selling $2 sno-cones in the parking lot at Long Lake to supplement her income to put her son through college. She joked that with the weather changing so quickly in the Northwest, she has to make cash in the sun while she can.

"We're in the Northwest, our weather is crazy," she said. "We only have a small window to do it in."

The temperature in Olympia reached 80 degrees in Olympia on Tuesday, short of the high temperature of the year of 88 degrees reached on May 1, Johnny Burg, spokesman for the National Weather Service in Seattle, said Tuesday.

The 80-degree temperature reached in Olympia on Tuesday was short of the historical record for high temperatures on May 13 - that was 88 degrees in 1973, Burg said.

Burg added that Thurston County residents should get out and enjoy the sunshine while they can - sunny and warm temperatures are forecast though Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures are expected to reach 84 degrees in Olympia on Wednesday and 85 degrees on Thursday, he said. After that, cloudy weather is predicted to move back in on Friday, with a high temperature of 70 degrees. Colder weather is expected to move back in by Saturday, he added.

Locals who were lucky enough to have Tuesday off had no problem finding activities at Olympia's Boston Harbor Marina - where kayak rentals were doing a booming business, marina operations manager Clayann Lankford said.

Lankford said those wishing to rent kayaks at Boston Harbor Marina can take advantage of reduced rates until Memorial Day weekend.

Alexander Belzoni, who was renting kayaks at Boston Harbor Marina on Tuesday, said kayak rentals are available year-round. But the sunny weather always brings out more customers, she said.

"Anytime it's sunny, we get people," she said.

The marina -which boasts a spacious wooden deck leading to the boat slips where visitors can purchase beers at the marina's general store and watch the sun set over the Olympics - has been described by some as Olympia's best-kept secret.

Darrel Anderson and his grandson Lukas, 4, sat on the marina's beach, which also is available to the public, before returning to the deck, where Lukas enjoyed an apple.

"It's a really nice place to bring family or just relax," Anderson said.

Lankford said Boston Harbor Marina was sold in March to Boston Harbor residents Cam and Kevin Foster-Keddie. The new owners are bringing a number of new activities to the marina this summer, including paddleboard rentals, Friday beer tastings sponsored by local brewers and breakfast buffets every Sunday starting on Father's Day.

Closer to downtown Olympia, Paul Simmons, director of Olympia's Parks, Arts and Recreation Department, said that the fountain at Heritage Park was closed Tuesday until 4 p.m., due to landscaping work. And Wednesday the fountain is regularly closed. However, the fountain will be open all day for children to frolic in on Thursday and Friday, he said.

Olympia's Park, Arts and Recreation team, including Simmons, Jonathon Turlove and Stephanie Johnson, said maintenance crews have been busy all spring preparing Olympia's parks for residents to enjoy this summer.

Evergreen Park at 1445 Evergreen Park Drive has an outdoor bocce court for residents to enjoy, and the skatepark at Yauger Park will be busy all summer, Johnson said. Kettle View Park at 1250 Eagle Bend Drive SE has a new tennis court, she added.

The brand new park at Artesian Commons on Fourth Avenue downtown offers patio seating for residents to sit and sample tasty items for sale at the food truck, and parks like Priest Point Park offer shady places to get out of the sun, she added.

"This is a good time to get out and explore your parks," she said.





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