The event is to raise awareness about how to enjoy the local pools, lakes and rivers this summer in a fun and safe manner.
This year’s guest sponsors include Air Evac, the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Cleveland Police Department, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, the Cleveland Fire Department, Bradley County Fire/Rescue, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
“The primary mission of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is recreational boater safety,” Flotilla Commander Stephen McLain said. “But, we don’t stop there. We want everyone who will be around the water this summer to have a fun and safe time.”
In addition to displays and information about water safety, this year’s Fun In The Park event will include face painting, hair spraying, fake tattooing, bouncy ball solo cup, corn hole, rope in a bag, rope nail, balloon animals, a potato sack race, a three-legged race and an egg race. Prizes will include bouncy balls, lizards, lays, compass, frogs, slinkys, water guns, noise makers and ball in bucket.
“While the mood will be festive and upbeat, we’re serious about getting the word out to families and children that summer in the water can be fun, but it can also be dangerous,” Vice-Flotilla Commander William J. McGarvey said.
In addition to the various first responders, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will have vessel examiners on hand to provide free vessel safety checks for boaters, in hopes of increasing safety and decreasing the chances of costly fines on the water.