Thursday, July 2, 2009

County Regional Parks Reminds Visitors To Wear A Life Jacket On The American River This Weekend

The County Regional Parks Department wants all visitors to stay safe in and around County waterways during the 4th of July holiday weekend by wearing a life jacket and leaving the alcoholic beverages at home.

The consumption of alcohol and possession of open containers will be prohibited on the shore and the river within the American River Parkway between Hazel and Watt Avenues during on July 3, 4 and 5. Violations of the alcohol ban many result in citation or arrest and this ordinance will be strictly enforced.

According to Steve Flannery, Chief Park Ranger, the Park Rangers will be out in force patrolling the American River Parkway to keep an eye on holiday revelers, checking for life jackets on children and inspecting coolers to cite those who are attempting to smuggle in alcohol.

“We are going to be on patrol starting on Friday through Sunday to make sure that people are having a fun and safe holiday weekend,” said Flannery. “If you come to the Parkway this weekend, make sure your young children are in a life jacket and within your sight at all times.”

Last year, the city and County of Sacramento enacted a life jacket ordinance that requires that all children under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket in or around all waterways in Sacramento County. Violations may result in a citation to the parent or guardian of a child.

For those who don’t have a life jacket, the “Kids Don’t Float” life‐jacket program has placed life jackets for temporary loan at the following locations: River Bend Park; Ancil Hoffman Park; Discovery Park (two sites); Howe Avenue; Folsom Point; Negro Bar; Nimbus; and Watt Avenue. Loaner life jackets are also available through the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and the Sacramento Fire Department. Visit http://www.dbw.ca.gov/BoaterInfo/LifeJacket.aspx to find a participating Life Jacket Loan Station.

To report any accidents, law enforcement issues, vandalism, wildlife issues, and other safety concerns, contact Park Ranger Dispatch at 916‐875‐PARK (7275). The Ranger Dispatch Office is open for drop‐in visits from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. every day and calls for Ranger service and maintenance needs are answered until 11:30 p.m. For more information about the Parkway and river access, visit www.sacparks.net or call 916‐875‐6961.

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