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PHOTOS: Making a splash at Kimball Pond

  • Mike Parsons splashes around with his daughters Kate, 1, (left) and Amelia, 3, while hanging out at Kimball Pond on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 in Hopkinton. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Mike Parsons splashes around with his daughters Kate, 1, (left) and Amelia, 3, while hanging out at Kimball Pond on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 in Hopkinton.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Tessa Barton, 3, walks toward the shore while wading around at Kimball Pond on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 in Hopkinton. Barton and her parents were at the pond where her brother takes one of the swimming classes offered by the Red Cross. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Tessa Barton, 3, walks toward the shore while wading around at Kimball Pond on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 in Hopkinton. Barton and her parents were at the pond where her brother takes one of the swimming classes offered by the Red Cross.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Three-year-old Tessa Barton's wet footprints made their mark on the steps of the lifeguard chair at Kimball Pond on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 in Hopkinton. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Three-year-old Tessa Barton's wet footprints made their mark on the steps of the lifeguard chair at Kimball Pond on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 in Hopkinton.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Mike Parsons splashes around with his daughters Kate, 1, (left) and Amelia, 3, while hanging out at Kimball Pond on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 in Hopkinton. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Tessa Barton, 3, walks toward the shore while wading around at Kimball Pond on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 in Hopkinton. Barton and her parents were at the pond where her brother takes one of the swimming classes offered by the Red Cross. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Three-year-old Tessa Barton's wet footprints made their mark on the steps of the lifeguard chair at Kimball Pond on Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 in Hopkinton. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Kimball Pond, the swimming hole gem for Hopkinton and Contoocook families, stays open until 6 p.m. during its swimming season. That’s when the lifeguards step down from their tall chairs and stow away the equipment. Long muggy summer days mean that swimmers will milk every last minute before drying off onshore.

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