Heat may not be the only thing interfering with the summertime paddle boat rentals the Albany Parks and Recreation Department normally runs on Waverly Lake.
On its website the parks department says the paddle boat operation was shut down July 26 and will remain so through Sunday because of the “extreme heat.” Forecasters expected highs in Albany close to 100 on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
The boat rentals will resume Tuesday, Aug. 2, the parks department says.
“Paddle boats are no fun to ride when it is really hot out,” the department adds. “Metal and water don’t make for a cool ride.”
Not to mention that you have to pedal like crazy to make the things move. That works up a sweat even on days that are not so hot, especially because the city requires you to wear a life vest.
Hot weather isn’t the only thing detracting from what otherwise might be a fun half hour on a Waverly paddle boat. The other thing is that the pond is increasingly clogged with algae blooms.
Summertime algae blooms are nothing new on the pond, fed and drained by Cox Creek. Nurtrients in the mostly stagnant water, plus hot weather and sunshine, make the algae grow. Stands to reason that the hotter it gets, the more algae there are.
A few weeks ago I suggested a volunteer campaign to rake the algae out of the pond, hoping to enlist drivers of personal watercraft for this. But the suggestion was ignored, as I knew it would be.
Waverly Lake may look unappealing now and is not much fun for paddle boaters. But in July 2022, these are nowhere near the top of anybody’s priority list of things that need to be solved. (hh)