Treasure Island Park bans swimming and fishing

Treasure Island Park bans swimming and fishing (WKEF/WRGT)

TROY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Swimming and fishing are both now banned at Treasure Island Park in Troy.

After a drowning of a 13-year old last July and a near drowning last weekend, the Troy park board is taking action.

Officials voted on this issue Tuesday, and the park made sure the ban applies to the docking area, located near the front of the park.

“How many children have to die before we do things?” Troy Fire Department Chief Matthew Simmons said. “We, as a city, we owe it to the public to keep them safe and make decisions based upon the public’s safety as well.”

New signage will be made and placed around the docking area notifying people of the new ban.

Chief Simmons said the Troy Fire Department has responded 4 times last year and twice this year for actual incidents around the water.

“I don’t think it’s necessary. I know there have been a couple of incidents,” Troy resident Phil Doncaster said. “I think there have been plenty of other incidents where they have not been a problem.”

Phil Doncaster and his wife Jackie love coming to Treasure Island Park to swim and pay with their dog. They aren’t pleased with this new ban.

Jackie suggested instead of banning swimming altogether, the park board only allows swimmers who are 18 and over.

“If you’re letting someone under the age of 17 that doesn’t have their own rights yet they are swimming by their selves, that’s kind of a risk," said Jackie.

“I see people here all the time, enjoying themselves and coming out to just cool off for a little bit. They bring their dogs,” Phil said. “There's only been a couple bad things that shouldn’t spoil it for the rest of us.”

Chief Simmons is not exactly sure when this new rule will go into effect, but thinks once the signs go up next week, the ban will officially be in place.

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