The air is thick. The sun does more than merely shine down from high above. It bears down relentlessly — hot and heavy.
“On a day like this,” observes Gina Genetta, “our kids would normally be stuck inside.” Her words are punctuated by children laughing.
The kids from the Guadalupe Center, where Genetta directs the summer school program, are outside, under the sun, but escaping the mid-90° heat as they splash about in the refreshing waters of Longview Lake.
While Tuesday was most definitely a “day like this,” with our region locked in the grips of a heatwave, the Guadalupe Center students enjoyed an afternoon at Longview Lake Beach courtesy of Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s (KCATA) new initiative to introduce people from the urban core to the county’s expansive parks system.