Changes coming for Twin Lakes Park
The Grand Traverse Parks and Recreation committee held a public meeting Thursday evening to discuss safety issues at Twin Lakes Park.
Last month, Owen Williamson, 17, drowned in North Twin Lake while swimming with friends - making this the third drowning in three years at the lake.
After hearing Parks and Rec. Director Jason Jones's presentation and listening to multiple community members speak, the commission approved all of the recommendations Jones had - including creating a designated swimming area equipped with safety equipment at the beach, hiring a lifeguard, and starting a swim lesson program at the park.
"I think that it says that they're sick of watching their teenagers die from deaths that are preventable," said Owen's cousin, Nikia Parker. I think that probably the same thing happened two years ago and a year before that, and that this is just one time too many. People are just done with it and they don't want it to be their kid next."
The commission also approved having an "emergency phone" installed at Twin Lakes Park.
Commission members would like to see changes, even as simple as installing a life preserver rack, begin as soon as Friday.