Heat Helpful to Centennial

With the heat currently hitting Naperville some residents choose to stay cool inside, but for the Park District this weather is translating into higher numbers at Centennial Beach.

The heat wave drove many to the beach today with heat indexes reaching almost 100 degrees.

“It’s hot up in Lemont and here so we figured we could cool down,” said Josh, a Lemont resident.

“You can’t really do anything else but go in the pool, because it’s so hot,” said Joey, a Lemont resident.

Despite the large crowds recently, the 2013 summer season got off to a wet start for the Naperville Park District equaling overall numbers down more than 30% compared to years past.

“I think it kind of affected how many people bought season passes right away,” said lifeguard Kayla Ensign. “We had a lot of sporadic rain coming in, definitely a different summer than last summer.”

“We obviously had a huge flood in April and as a lifeguard here we have a month long of training and it was delayed because of the flood,” said Hallie Wilkins. “The beach was filled the last two weeks of May and the water was freezing, but now we have really nice weather.”

The Naperville Park District hopes the weather continues to draw people to Centennial.

The beach is open every day at 11 a.m. now through Labor Day to help residents beat the heat.

But, while you’re soaking up the sun, make sure you continually apply sunscreen and stay hydrated throughout the day.

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