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New additions to Hodag Beach keep swimmers safeSubmitted: 07/10/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

New additions to Hodag Beach keep swimmers safe
RHINELANDER - When people think of swim safety, swim lessons and floating devices usually come to mind.

But until recently, swimmers at Hodag Park had to deal with another issue: old equipment.


Hodag Beach lifeguard Andrew Thimn started his shift a few weeks ago with some welcome changes.

"These ropes are much better. [People] probably won't cut themselves on the ropes," said Thimn.

People cutting themselves and getting rope splinters was something Thimn had to deal with in the past.

"[A girl] was hanging on to the rope and she had some splinters in her hand, and I had to tweeze them out," said Thimn.

But thanks to a grant from the Rhinelander Community Foundation, the days of cuts and splinters are long gone.

"We definitely needed some updates," said Rhinelander Parks Director Jeremy Biolo.

Biolo teamed up with the Rhinelander Community Foundation to give the City of Rhinelander a nearly $800 grant to upgrade the swimming area.

"[The rope] gets faded by the sun and causes bad slivering," said Biolo.

The new ropes and buoys were a necessary expense. Without them, lifeguards' job would be a lot more dangerous.

"Without the ropes, kids will go past [them] with their little heads and have a lot of issues," said Thimn.

Biolo says last year the foundation donated two docks to the beach.

Now they are working on a grant of $25,000 to repair one of the bathrooms at the park.


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