On a scorching hot weekend in the Denver metro area, two of the mostly popular beaches in the area are shutting down.

The swim area at Cherry Creek State Park was shut down Friday over concerns about “natural algal blooms that may be harmful to dogs and humans,” the park said in a news release.

Warmer temperatures, stagnant waters and nutrient loading from fertilized lawns have combined to bring about the worrisome blooms, park officials said.

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“The park has closed the swim area due to elevated levels of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) growth,” the release said. “The swim area will remain closed until tests provide acceptable conditions to re-open.”

Meanwhile, Denver is in the middle of a heat wave recording a high temperature of 99 degrees on Friday with forecast highs of 94 and 98 on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

On the west side of town the beach at Big Soda Lake, in Bear Creek Lake Park, has been closed to comply with Jefferson County Public Health and State mandates, Lakewood officials announced on Friday.

“The reservoir and all associated activities at Bear Creek Lake Park are closed, effective immediately,” the city said.

 

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