Visitors to Cleveland Metroparks' Hinckley Reservation revel in heat and humidity

Ledge Pool & Recreaton Area opens for season

HINCKLEY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Even though the sun hid behind clouds early Saturday, shaded seating areas at Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation were still at a premium.

Ledge Pool & Recreation Area opened for the summer season Saturday and visitors flocked to take advantage of summer-like temperatures over Memorial Day weekend.

Over 250 anglers showed up for the 21st annual Ken Mantkowski Memorial Fishing Derby. Physically and mentally disabled adults from all over Cuyahoga County took advantage of the weather to cast their lines and cookout with friends.

"This event, as wonderful as it is, has a long history of raining on the event," said Cleveland Metroparks Aqautic Biologist Mike Durkalec. "Today it is quite the opposite, beautiful, sunny day and probably a big reason why we have record attendance."

When the sun eventually reappeared from behind the clouds later Saturday afternoon, it was time to jump in the pool. Many swimmers were surprised at the early heat wave over Memorial Day weekend.

"Very much so, yes," said Angela Kogut of Akron. "It's been awfully hot, trying to cool off."

Randy and Deanna Gauss of Fairlawn brought their own shade to Ledge Pool. Besides the umbrellas already setup for lifeguards, they were the only visitors to bring their own picnic umbrella.

"I like the hot weather. I like it warm," said Randy.

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