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Video: Lifeguards returning to Park Point in Duluth this summer

May 21, 2021 04:45AM ● By Editor

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Lifeguards are returning to Park Point, and will be there more often this year compared to 2020. Photo: WDIO-TV

From WDIO-TV - May 20, 2021

Lifeguards are returning to Park Point this summer, starting Memorial Day weekend. It's a partnership between the YMCA and the city of Duluth.

Cheryl Potdburg, Risk and Safety Manager for the YMCA, said, "We're trying to be a resource down here. I'm trying to help the guards understand how rip currents work, and about the piping plover, and why people can't have fires, and why they have to have dogs on leashes. We're here to keep everybody safe, and please don't be afraid to approach a lifeguard if you have a question."

Executive Director of the downtown branch of the YMCA, Emily Ranta, said, "Water safety is the center of a lot of what we do. With swim lessons or beach safety, it's really an important part of our mission."

The city said the services are being funded through the 2021 Tourism Tax allocations.

"It helps with safety and rescue. Our fire department is very supportive of having them down here, and appreciate their work educating people. And having that on-site presence, and eyes on the sand down here," explained Alicia Watts, assistant manager of parks and recreation.

The schedule is as follows: 

May 29-31: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
June 5-6: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
June 12-30: Noon – 5:00 p.m. daily (No Lifeguards June 19)
July 1 – Sept. 3 Monday-Thursday noon-5:00 p.m., Friday – Sunday 11: 00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 4-6: Noon-5:00 p.m.

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