Boise Guardian

Free Life Vests At Cleaned Up Esther Pond

In a double dose of good news from Boise Parks, the water at Esther Simplot Park is safe for swimming at both ponds as of this morning AND a cooperative private-public effort has made life vests available.

The GUARDIAN had called for lifeguards at Quinn’s Pond following the tragic drowning death of a young refugee boy. Parks Director Doug Holloway had told us there were no plans for lifeguards and there were signs advising to “swim at your own risk.”

Yesterday Boise Parks, the nearby outdoor water sports retailer, Boise Fire Dept., St. Luke’s Hospital and the YMCA joined forces to make a whole bunch of life vests available. While none of the entities would endorse the GUARDIAN call for lifeguards, the idea of swimming lessons and the safety flotation are a move in the right direction.

KTVB TV-7 has a detailed report touting the city’s efforts.