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Gainesville residents seek sun on Memorial Day weekend
Parks, pools busy for start of summer
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Kennedy Smith, 4, covers her eyes as she walks through a sprinkler Saturday at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center in Gainesville. This was the first weekend that the outdoor pool area was open to guests. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Memorial Day events

Parade

When: 10 a.m. Monday

Where: Green Street, Gainesville

More info: Dave Dellinger, 770-718-7676


Ceremony

What: Featuring speaker Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard

When: 10 a.m. Monday

Where: Lula Veterans Park, 6007 Main Street, Lula  


Ceremony

Who: Law enforcement and emergency responders

When: Noon

Where: Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 2030 Memorial Park Drive, Gainesville


Northwinds Symphonic Band concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Where: First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville

More info: www.theartscouncil.net/affiliates/northwinds.html

Tiny children splashed in the shallows of Lake Lanier’s red clay beaches, while others queued for the towering water slides at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

Saturday’s sunny skies kicked off the long Memorial Day weekend, and residents throughout Hall County spent the day relaxing outdoors.

Sarah Crane of Oakwood spent the day at Lanier Point Park with two of her 22 grandchildren. While her husband fished from the shore, her granddaughter Brynlee McGee, 1, dug for rocks in the water.

Her grandson Jackson McGee, 6, kayaked around the park with his mother Candy, who drove her children up from Hoschton to spend the weekend with their grandparents.

“The grandkids like to spend the night with Nana,” Crane said. “So we meet up here at the park.”

Families gathered at Lanier Point and Longwood parks in Gainesville, picnicking or playing softball or tennis.

Frances Meadows Aquatic Center was busy by midday Saturday and was expected to remain busy throughout the weekend.

Hannah Teems brought her daughter Kennedy Smith, 4, to play in the aquatic center’s splash pad and pool. Teems said Kennedy “is like a little fish,” and she brings her to the center often to cool off.

“During the summer it’s almost every weekend,” she said.

Meghan Modisette with Gainesville Parks and Recreation said the center, located at 1545 Community Way, was expecting large crowds over the long weekend.

“It’s a little slow now, but it’ll pick up,” she said Saturday morning. “Most people come in after lunch, and we will see big crowds. We normally see about 1,000 people here in a day, and this is the first weekend the pool opened.”