Start of Summer Slow For Muhlenberg Co. Attractions

The bad winter weather is keeping kids in school longer this year, and out of area lakes and pools.
Officials at some Muhlenberg County attractions say they're seeing a slower start to their summer.  A big reason: the rough winter.  Bad weather closed county public schools for more than 20 days.  That's keeping students in class and out of the pool until next Friday.

Another camping trip is in the books for the Payne family at Lake Malone.

"We've had better fishing luck," says Dennis Payne of Fordsville.

They enjoyed the quiet surroundings.

"I think there was only 3 or 4 people here, 3 or 4 campers here, and that was about it," Payne says. "That's the way we like it."  For some, it's too quiet.  Lake Malone State Park officials say they've seen fewer people camping and swimming this week compared to this time last year, turning the rush of visitors into just a drip. Officials say there were big crowds for Memorial Day weekend. Park workers also just finished fixing water pipes in their older buildings damaged by the extreme cold.

"They had to break a block wall to get to some of the pipes.," says Donald Phelps, a member of Friends of the Park, a volunteer group. "Some of them are poured in concrete, take that out and fix. It's not a real bad situation to fix the leak, it was getting to the leak to fix it."

It's also kept some area pools closed longer. Greenville officials say they can't open the pool at Morgan Park on weekdays, because the kids who work there aren't done with their school year.  The pool is open on weekends.  Many say the quiet will be gone once the kids and parents return.

"I believe that it'll pick up, especially when school's out," Phelps says.

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