Medford residents cool off at local swimming pool
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Medford residents cool off at local swimming pool

MEDFORD, Mass. (WBZ News Radio) — Neighborhood water playgrounds are a hot commodity right now. With summer in full swing, some say they’re a great way to keep kids cool and active all day long.

Harris Park in Medford opened May 23, earlier than planned because of the heat. It was Janet’s first time visiting a water park with her three grandchildren. “I didn’t know it was here,” she said.

Nicole from Medford says the water play area not only cools her child down, but it also tires her out because the sprinklers shoot water from the ground, drenching those just below, and even a frog-shaped arch shoots water out.

“Of course I appreciate the air conditioning, but kids don’t sleep as well when they don’t have time to be outside,” Nicole said.

During this record-breaking heatwave, using air conditioning at home is of course a necessity, but it can easily drive up your electricity bills.

“It’s a daily decision. I’d rather just go outside and just keep us in water activities,” she added.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that the average family’s electricity bill could top $170 this summer, up from $168 last year.

Summer is just getting started, and heat warnings across Boston are in effect until 8:00 PM tonight.

Shari Small from WBZ NewsRadio (@ShariSmallNews) reports.