A Life Jacket Kiosk is now available at Clearwater Park thanks to a partnership between Eugene Springfield Fire, Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Cabela’s, and Lane Professional Firefighters, Local 851. The kiosk was constructed completely by private donations and corporate sponsorship.
“As the weather warms up, rivers become a favored recreational spot,” said Battalion Chief Ben Meigs. “We want to ensure that when people go out into the water, they have a life jacket. It’s a simple way to save a life.”
Willamalane staff will open and close the kiosk each day and Fire staff will check the kiosk each week to confirm there are enough life jackets available in each size. The kiosk will be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.
“We’re so fortunate to live in an area with beautiful rivers. But given the inherent danger that comes with them, water safety is vital for our community,” said Eric Adams, Planning, Parks & Facilities Director for Willamalane. “The Life Jacket Kiosk is a collaboration we’re proud to be a part of and we think it will save lives.”
The goal of the program is for swimmers in the area of Clearwater Park to use the life jackets and then return them to the kiosk once they are done for the day. Boaters putting in at Clearwater Park are also encouraged to use the life jackets and return them once they come back to the park to pick up their shuttle vehicle.
The kiosk is the result of several years of planning and work to secure needed donations. The project received a helpful boost thanks to corporate sponsorship from Cabela’s, which is providing the life jackets. Additional financial support was received from Lane Professional Firefighters, Local 851.
For more information, please contact ESF Fire Battalion Chief Ben Meigs at 541-543-0908.