Splash into summer!

HERALD photo/Roger ClineHERALD photo/Roger Cline
Staff Writer

Boys and girls of all ages crowded into the Russ McEwen Family Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon for the annual Splash In opening day swim although lightning and rains storms curtailed the event.
Prior to the event, Aquatic Center supervisor Jason Jorgensen said he was hopeful that weather would cooperate for the event.
"I thought it was going to be pretty bad, but it turned out to look pretty good," he said shortly before noon. "I think we're going to make it."
Unfortunately, a thunderstorm developed over the area around 3:30 p.m., putting a damper on the festivities.
“Just right there before 4 o’clock we had a lightning strike. Once we have a lightning strike within 10 miles, we have to pull everybody out of the pool and give it a certain amount of time to make sure we don’t have another one,” said city of Big Spring Public Works Director Johnny Womack. “But it wasn’t five minutes later that a cloud came and just sat on top of us. When it finally quit raining everybody was over it.”
The Aquatic Center, 911 Golf Course Rd. in Comanche Trail Park, will be open throughout the summer on Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 to 8 p.m.