ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- It can be a struggle to stay cool in the punishing heat. At City Garden in downtown St. Louis overheated folks from across the metro area packed the ponds and splashed in the fountains to keep cool.
Larry Bridges came with his family, “It makes you appreciate the city, this for the kids black and white coming together.” People said they feel safe here. Michele Franker brought her three children, “Because it’s chlorinated it made it even a bigger draw to come down here.”
Joanna Johnson added, “It keeps you cool and it’s free.”
In Forest Park a group of men embraced the heat. They said the hot weather makes the ball move faster and it is softer on the hand.
Octavius Norman said, “It ain’t that hot we got a little breeze out here not that hot.” Ram Rilla said, “As long as you stay hydrated and know your limits.”
Heat is the enemy of vendors at the Kirkwood Farmer’s Market. Kris Clark owns Summit Produce, “We ice up the watermelon tables back here I would say that ice would last less than an hour.” They had to build a special contraception, complete with a window air conditioner, to keep the ice maker motor cool so it would make ice. They chill all sorts of vegetables and fruits with the ice. Clark said, “It’s challenging, it’s somewhat frustrating we know what’s going to happen. We’re going to have ice for the morning then were going to be out of ice.” And more hot days are in the forecast.