The Tragic death of the 15-year-old refugee this week highlights the need for lifeguards at a public swimming hole. Perhaps his death will send the signal to immediately get lifeguards at the Esther Simplot Park and Quinn’s Pond. Even the local swimming pools have lifeguards.
Local promoters and politicos have long touted the benefits and beauty of the Boise River. Tubing has been banned due to high flows this season and firefighters have been busy cutting “strainer” trees–all for public safety.
Meanwhile Quinn’s Pond has opened for swimming this year as a city park and no lifeguards are on duty.
To its credit, Boise’s Park Department was diligent in closing one of the ponds polluted with e-coli–for public safety. The same precaution for public safety would dictate immediately hiring lifeguards for Quinn’s Pond.
The pond is big, so more than one guard may be needed, but a simple tower and perhaps another guard patrolling in a kayak would do the job. We would venture a guess that a couple of lifeguards a day would be much cheaper that the efforts expended cleaning up the river or even outfitting a couple members of the Fire Department dive team to pull dead bodies from the water.
If money is the issue, perhaps Boise could take a lesson from the Australians: Their lifeguard service is staffed with volunteers.
Since we still have some hot summer days ahead, push your city councilors and Team Dave to “git ‘er done” NOW!
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