EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Wednesday felt like summer for many who have been cooped up in their homes for the last several months.
Runners and golfers, along with many others, found ways to enjoy weather we haven't seen since last fall.
Gwin Howells and James Colvin were to first to tee off this season at Mill Run Golf Course near Eau Claire.
“Boy, I was getting cabin fever and coming out here, is a breath of fresh air. Really, it's a great time,” Howells said.
“It's great. Glad to see green grass and no snow. Just hope it stays this way,” Colvin said.
“The greens are playing quite well and everything else is straight. They've cleared the fairways, so what more can we ask?” Howells said.
With a snowstorm just five days before, getting out on the links was no guarantee.
“Sunday, when I got here, everything was still completely covered with snow. So the first thing we've got to do is get rid of the snow. The second thing we've got to do is get rid of the water from the snow melting,” Mill Run Head Golf Professional Jim Buyze said.
But crews cleared the front nine, and Thursday, Wild Ridge and Princeton Valley courses said they will follow.
“We get excited to see some of our regulars back out, get the league players back out and just everybody gets thinking golf,” Buyze said.
City parks and forestry crews stayed busy, clearing branches and fallen limbs from heavy snow last week.
“We're asking for some patience, there's still frost in the ground in many shaded areas, a lot of storm debris to pick up, but we should have our sport courts and tennis nets by the weekend,” Todd Chwala, the Eau Claire Parks, Forestry and Cemetery Superintendent said.
For many, the warm day was no work and all play.
“We're out enjoying some nice weather finally after months and months of very cold unfun indoor activities,” Kathy Griepentrog said at Owen Park with her daughter.
“It's been a cold winter so we had the opportunity to sit outside, in the sun, have a couple drinks and just enjoying ourselves,” Michael Schmidt said sitting out his home.
Chwala said water at parks can't be turned on yet. All trails are open but there may be some spots under water, he said.