Siloam Springs Pledges Partnerships to Increase Safety at White Water Park

Published 07/02 2014 05:31PM

Updated 07/02 2014 06:37PM

SILOAM SPRINGS -- As the holiday weekend nears, Public Safety Director Greg Neely has issued a statement about water safety at the Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park.

Neely says the city will partner with organizations to ensure the "precautions are being taken including the use of personal floatation devices, adherence to park rules, utilizing the buddy system and more."

Neely says it's part of Siloam Springs CitySafe program, providing information and practical applications for our citizens to be well informed, more self-reliant and safe.

In June, 16-year-old Evan Thomas drowned at the Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park.

"We intend to create a culture of safety at the Park," Neely wrote in the statement. "The Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park remains a wonderful amenity that people continue to enjoy and we want to encourage that participation."

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