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Staying Cool in Shallow Water in Dobbs Ferry

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Not everyone takes to the diving board to cool off at local pools. In fact some head to the one pool in town that's only six inches deep. The Memorial Park Wading Pool in Dobbs Ferry may only be a few inches deep, but it still attracts locals looking to cool off. It draws mostly parents with their small children, but some days are too hot even for the pool.

"Actually I think today has been very dead because people don't want to come out in the heat," said pool lifeguard Barbara Phillips. "It's hit or miss."

With temperatures creeping towards 100 degrees, some decided to avoid the heat altogether and stay inside. Phillips is an Ardsley resident and said the best part of the wading pool is seeing familiar faces.

"It's nice to know people that know your family," she said.

A few small children and their mothers scattered the pool on Thursday and Phillips said it's mostly a family spot.

"It's mostly kids but you get your parents bringing them, you get the grandparents bringing them," she said. "They roll up their pants and they have fun walking through the water and spending time with their grandkids. It's great to cool off."

Being a lifeguard at the wading pool has been Phillips' way of working in parks and recreation while she completes an internship at the Embassy Club in Dobbs Ferry. Phillips studied Recreation and Administration at Lehman College in the Bronx and said she wants to continue her career in parks and recreation. Formerly a special education teacher, Phillips said ideally she would love to someday develop programs for kids with special needs.

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