For those Austinites under 3 feet tall, or anyone who's not yet mastered the doggie paddle, Austin's public wading pools are a great way to escape the heat. Most of our town's pools were built in the Thirties or Forties and are in desperate need of some cosmetic and structural surgery. The city's plans are to convert the now stagnant pools (the reason for those scheduled shock-and-awe chlorine breaks) into circulating ones, or to replace them entirely with "water playgrounds" equipped with sprinklers and fountains – sans the standing water. Next thing you know, Austin's toddlers will organize their own synchronized swim team!
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