Safe Kids Cherokee County and Cherokee Recreation and Parks are helping families stay safe at the lake by providing two new life jacket loaner stations. These “use and return” stations are in addition to the 11 that already exist around Lake Allatoona in Cherokee County. The Army Corps of Engineers maintains 10 of these locations. Woodstock Parks and Recreation maintains 1 at Rope Mill and now, Cherokee Recreation and Parks will help maintain the two new locations (Cherokee Mills Boat Ramp and Fields Landing). Safe Kids Cherokee supplies the stands and life jackets. Cherokee Fire & Emergency Services is the proud leader of Safe Kids Cherokee County Coalition. The Coalition consists of community partners that work together to help make our community safer through education and provision of safety equipment.
Lisa Grisham, Coordinator for Safe Kids Cherokee County says, “Last year was a record year for boaters, kayakers, canoers and paddle boarders on our lake and it’s looking like this year will be no different. With the increase in people, there is always an increase in risk. We are hoping the addition of loaner stations serves as a reminder and an easily accessible option to remain safe in the water.”
Each of the new loaner stations have helpful information provided by BoatUS Foundation to help size and wear a life jacket correctly. Grisham says, “The point is to use the life jackets when needed and use it correctly for the best protection.” Here are a few reminders to help stay safe in the water this season. Visit www.safekidscherokeecounty.org for more safety information.
For more information about Lake Allatoona visit www.recreation.gov