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Prefer peacefully floating on the river? Here's why you may soon have the option in Dayton

Prefer peacefully floating on the river? Here's why you may soon have the option in Dayton (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - While some prefer kayaking or jet skiing to get out on the water, those who enjoy floating down the river may soon have another option.

The City of Dayton is considering lifting its ban on inflated rafts or inner tubes in city waters. Five Rivers MetroParks said if the city does lift the ban, it would then defer to the state's watercraft law, which allows specific types of inflatables.

"We're not talking about pool duckies, we're talking about sturdy crafts," Carrie Scarff with Five Rivers MetroParks said. "Sturdy inflatable crafts, and we always encourage anybody to wear a life jacket on the river."

Paddlers are on board with the idea.

"I think it's a great idea," Eastwood MetroPark visitor Joshua Cummins said. "You have a lot of people who are into it."

Some people say rafting and tubing would be a lot less strenuous and potentially a cheaper option.

"A raft or inflatable tube, those can be much more accessible to a lot more people," Scarff said.

Five Rivers MetroParks said local businesses have shown interest in offering inflatable crafts to rent or buy.

"They would be in touch with the state requirement to make sure they will be providing the right type of craft," she said.

The city voted Wednesday morning to move a revised ordinance forward that would lift the ban.

The city said it will have a second reading sometime this year.

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