Lifeguards still sought for East Side Beach

By: 
NEW Media Staff

The city of Oconto Falls is still holding out hope that enough summer staff can be hired to provide lifeguard service at East Side Beach.

When the 2024 budget was passed, city council members commented that a lack of candidates and fiscal constraints probably meant that no lifeguards would patrol the popular beach this summer. The facility will be open to the public, but swimmers would be in the water at their own risk.

The public responded with concern, and there was much discussion at the Jan. 9 meetings of the city park and recreation committee and city council.

City officials estimate that eight to 10 lifeguards are needed to run the beach, and the jobs of lifeguard and lifeguard supervisor have been posted on the city website (cityofocontofalls.com), public library, and city hall and provided to local schools. Lifeguards must be certified, but the city has long provided reimbursement for the cost of obtaining certification.

In response to public questions, the city said it has been advised not to put out the docks and swimming raft this summer because of liability issues.

The park and rec committee plans to continue meeting on a regular basis to assess the beach situation and attempt to attract more applications.