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Some Monroe Lake beaches to stay closed for Memorial Day


The DNR says that the beaches are unsafe because the seawalls are underwater.


LAKE MONROE, Ind. — High water levels will keep the beaches at Paynetown and Fairfax State Recreational Areas at Monroe Lake closed for the Memorial Day weekend, when most Indiana State Park beaches open for the season.

According to Monroe Lake’s Facebook page, the beaches are unsafe due to seawalls that are currently underwater. The beach houses at both locations will also stay closed.

The post continued to say that the purpose of the reservoir is for flood control, and that the lake is doing its job keeping water from damaging homes and property downstream.

City pools in Bloomington open May 25.

Bryan Park Pool will be open daily, until Aug. 4, and open weekends only from Aug. 10 to Sept. 2. Mills Pool will be open daily, until closing for the season on Aug. 4.

Both pools will have hours from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Daily admission prices are $6 per person. Children under three years old can get into the pool for free.

The Switchyard Plaza Spray Pad opens for the season on May 25, and is free to the public. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Labor Day, and through Sept. 30, the spray pad will open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 

The IU Outdoor Pool also opens for the year on May 25. Information on pool hours and membership costs can be found on the pool’s website.