Oakland, CA – In light of two recent drownings this week in non-lifeguarded areas at Lake Del Valle Regional Recreation Area in Livermore, the East Bay Regional Park District is again urging visitors to learn how to be water safe if you’re planning to go swimming or boating in a regional lake or water facility.
“Keeping visitors safe is our number one priority at East Bay Regional Parks, whether you’re on land or water. We want people to enjoy their experience at our parks,” said Robert Doyle, General Manager, “and we want our visitors to go home safely at the end of their visit. It’s imperative for people using the Park District’s water facilities and lakes to know how to stay safe when boating or swimming.”
Here are some tips provided by the Park District’s Aquatics Manager Pete DeQuincy.
Water Safety Tips
East Bay Regional Park District provides life-guarded lakes and swim facilities from April – September. “While some 120 lifeguards patrol our swim beaches and lagoons, water safety should be a serious concern for every person entering our parks,” says DeQuincy. “Our lifeguards are trained rescuers not babysitters. We often find unattended youngsters around water. Ultimately, we want to see happy families go home together after a fun day at the park.”
The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest regional parks system in the nation, comprising 73 parks, 55 miles of shoreline, and 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature learning. The Park District receives more than 25 million visits annually throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor