Local businesses get ready for spring break crowds

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- At the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge they're gearing up for an increase in visitors, as kids enjoy a week away from school.

Sue Malnory, Hagerman volunteer, said they've added more volunteers - a lesson they learned the hard way last year.

"We had one volunteer working everyday, and they were just covered up," she said. "And so we had to bring in reinforcements. So we're expecting a big crowd this week."

They're adding more tram tours in the afternoon, to take visitors on a sight-seeing trip around the refuge, she said.

"I just think that it's so important for kids to spend time outdoors, and for kids to development an appreciation of outdoors - of nature," Malnory said. "They may see deer, they may see bobcats, they might see a coyote."

And Hagerman has arts and craft activities planned each day for the kids, Malnory said.

"It's fun to see them see things for the first time. It helps you to feel young again I guess," she said.

Spring Break week is an especially busy time at Waterloo Pool in Denison.

"We're anticipating this year to be even more busy, a couple hundred in the afternoon," said Betty Bridges, aquatics facility manager.

This week they're adding daily open swim hours from 1 to 6 p.m. And they've added two open swim sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights, from 7 to 9.

Bridges said admission is half-price every day this week.

"Parents love to come up. They can sit and watch, they can drop their kids off and let them know they'll be safe and taken care of here," he said. "Or they can sit and watch and join in the water fun too."

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