Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 20, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 11/20/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Signs needed

Recently my husband and I drove to Twin Lakes Park to view the swimming area. The first thing we saw was a long stairway going from the parking area approximately 30 feet down to the lake. There were no signs forbidding swimming there.

Since Twin Lakes has been known as a dangerous lake we would like to urge that a “Danger — No Swimming” sign be posted at the end of the stairway.

Next we walked to a beach area at a different part of the lake. We found that it had been roped off to indicate what part of the lake was safe to swim. Beyond the roped areas was not safe. There was a large sign, a life buoy and an emergency phone. We are grateful for these improvements.

Because our grandson, Owen, and two others have drowned in the past three years at a particular place in the lake, we feel that a “Danger — No Swimming” sign should be posted so that there will be no more tragedies there. We believe that if these things had been done earlier three young men would not have tragically lost their lives.

Mary K. Parker

Traverse City

Work together

Three young men’s lives have been lost at Twin Lakes Park in the last few years. West High School students and staff recently held a memorial service for my son Owen, the latest of those drowned. Emergency responders and community members have expressed great concern that this area is NOT safe for public access to swimming. It isn’t clear why this area is so dangerous; perhaps it is a natural phenomenon such as a very cold spring-fed area, soft bottom, unusual drop off. There are no easy answers in situations like these.

Some very important work was done this summer. Lifesaving equipment and a phone have been installed. More significantly, the local Coast Guard and Red Cross collaborated to provide information for TCAPS to implement water safety education in the High School PhysEd/Health curriculum; possibly a model for other area schools.

Please, let’s keep working together for everyone’s good. It is important to reflect on the reasons we are here today to love one another and to appreciate the wonders of the world we live in.

Whether we consider bullying, bicycle safety, water safety, let’s remember: kindness matters.

Ann Parker

Traverse City