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Spring Has Sprung: Soaring Temps Send Danbury Residents Outdoors

7-year-old Ashlee Evans with her father Rodney Evans, enjoying the summer-like weather Friday afternoon at Rogers Park in Danbury
7-year-old Ashlee Evans with her father Rodney Evans, enjoying the summer-like weather Friday afternoon at Rogers Park in Danbury Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Danbury residents Lindsey and Olivia Hoffman spending a fun afternoon at Rogers Park
Danbury residents Lindsey and Olivia Hoffman spending a fun afternoon at Rogers Park Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Bob Ginty runs outside on this very warm day.
Bob Ginty runs outside on this very warm day. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Bob Ginty, who has run about 10 marathons, runs often in Rogers Park.  His last marathon was Hartford, in October.
Bob Ginty, who has run about 10 marathons, runs often in Rogers Park. His last marathon was Hartford, in October. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Many kids had fun at Rogers Park on Friday afternoon in Danbury.
Many kids had fun at Rogers Park on Friday afternoon in Danbury. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Kids play at Rogers Park in Danbury on Friday afternoon.
Kids play at Rogers Park in Danbury on Friday afternoon. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Is it really February? You wouldn't have guessed that Friday afternoon as temperatures touched 70 degrees and people of all ages headed outside to enjoy the warmth across Fairfield County.

For 7-year-old Ashlee Rodney of North Salem, N.Y., this meant roller-blading at Rogers Park in Danbury with her father, Rodney Evans.

“This is my first time at this park,” said Ashlee, who was having just her second try at roller-blading.

“It’s great to get out of the house today,” Rodney Evans said.

As for Ashlee’s rollerblading? “This is something new for her. Let’s see how long it lasts,” he said.

Danbury resident Lindsey Hoffman, with 2-year-old daughter Olivia, said this is her first time at the park all winter.

“Olivia likes to run around so this is great for us,” Hoffman said as her daughter scampered a few feet ahead. “Olivia likes the slide here. And in the summer, she likes to play in the water park."

Hoffman was happy to be outside. “I work nights as a waitress in Ridgefield so I can be a stay-at-home mom all day,” said Hoffman, who is expecting a second daughter in May.

For 64-year-old Bob Ginty of New Milford, it was the perfect day for a run.

“I grew up in Danbury and I think Rogers Park is beautiful. They've kept it very nice all these years,” said Ginty, who runs 50 to 60 miles a week and has run about 10 marathons -- the most recent of which was Hartford last October.

“It’s much nicer running outside than on the treadmill at the gym," he said.

The spring-like weather is expected to remain warm, with a high of 61 degrees on Saturday, although there is a 70 percent chance of rain. On Sunday, it will much cooler, with a high of only 42.

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