Announcement: Swimming at the Waterfront

Posted on August 03, 2018

Earlier this summer, Lakeside experienced high bacteria levels in the water, and for that reason, we have been proactively monitoring the water quality.

Because of the direct sunlight and calm waters yesterday, August 2, the algae was forming a scum on the surface of the water around the beach and swimming areas.

The surface scum was prevalent enough that it was not possible to keep swimmers out of the scum. For this reason, Lakeside posted signs to inform guests that the beach area and water access would be closed. The dock itself and the sand on the beach remained open for guests to sunbathe, and the Splash Park, children’s pool and Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus’ pool were and are still available for guests to use.

We recently took samples of the algae and sent it to BSA Environmental Services in Beechwood, Ohio for testing. In the meantime, we’ll continue to monitor the swimming area for visual signs of algae.

Today, August 3, there is wind and the water is choppy, so we are not seeing surface scum in as many areas. A few areas are roped off to keep swimmers out of the scum areas, but the rest of the beach and swimming areas are open.