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Pools close as heat wave settles on city

With the start of school just a week away, the city’s pools close today, August 3, just as the Dog Days of August settle over the region. With temperatures in the upper 90s, and heat indexes at and expected to continue at over 100 degrees for at least the first part of the week, some families and youngsters opted to spend part of their tax-free weekend at the Swan Lake and Cunningham Pools rather than shopping in the crowds at local retailers.

By late morning the Cunningham Pool had light attendance in the already sweltering heat; by mid-afternoon, on a visit to the Swan lake Complex, the crowds were heavier, with youngsters sprinting up the stairs to the top of the water slide, or making some calculated plunges from the diving towers.

other children and teens simply paddled about, or clustered in small groups in the water, chatting, laughing and staying cool.

At the “kiddie” pool, the very young accompanied by their moms splashed about, taking shelter from time to time under the giant beach umbrellas at this site.

Here are some cooling images for a hot summer day:

Photos by Bill Larson



  1. How absurd to close the pools just when they are needed most!
    These pools bring relief from the brutal Tennessee heat for not only the young, but the elderly as well.
    They are an oasis to the people of Clarksville and should be allowed to stay open.
    So…WHY are they closing them??
    Maybe they think that because school’s are opening that the kids would be at the pool instead of school?
    Baloney! Many communities keep their pools open long after the school’s opening with no problem.
    If this is their argument, however, then there are solutions.
    For example;
    1)Open the pools from noon until 7pm
    2)Allow no one under 18 yrs. in the pool til after 3:00pm. (except kids to age 5)

    We all need to call the city on this and tell them
    it is simply outrageous to close these pools right now!
    Maybe they will have a change of heart if enough people call! If all the people who took the Clarksville Online’s poll will call, we might have a chance!

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