Inclement weather forces spring breakers inside

Erica Skillicorn, 7, holds her nose while on the waterslide at Orchard Mesa Pool. Skillicorn’s mother said spring break always includes a day at the pool for her girls.

The harsh, snowy weather Monday morning was an unwelcome sight for those in charge of entertaining kids on spring break.

Shon Birch, recreation coordinator for the city of Grand Junction’s Kid’s Day Out program, planned a day of basketball, flag football, and soccer, all in the outdoor sun. “It turned into a day of indoor wiffle ball,” laughed Birch as he watched the 37 kids enrolled in the program playing in the gym at the Bookcliff Activity Center.

Birch said that although it wasn’t a big deal to bring the children inside to play, it was a disappointment. He planned on adding a couple of indoor sports to his agenda just in case the cold weather continued throughout the week. “I’m gonna add some indoor kick-ball and maybe let some air out of the soccer balls to play inside,” he said.

Birch said the kids didn’t seem to be disappointed at having to stay inside. Based on the unusually cold winter in the Grand Valley, Birch said “they’re pretty accustomed it it by now.”

For others, the snowy weather was great for business. The Orchard Mesa Swimming Pool was busy Monday afternoon as parents scrambled to find a fun indoor activity for their children.

“Spring break is always busy here,” said Allison Cripe, pool manager. “People come no matter what the weather.”

The pool has been especially busy this winter, having reached full capacity the last six weekends in a row. The pool can accommodate 320 people.

There are not any special events planned for spring break at the pool, but the public swim hours have been extended to 11:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.

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