G.P. Council considers better park signage to prevent drowning
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop discussed the possibility of creating better and more visible signage for city parks in order to curb future drowning in the Rogue River.
Councilor Mark Gatlin brought up the proposal because he said 7-year-old Dakota Vincent, who drowned in the Rogue River at Baker Park last Wednesday, likely could have been prevented if the family, whom had just relocated to the area, had been more informed about the dangers of the river. Gatlin said the park has one sign posted at the boat ramp 15 feet in the air and the signage needs to be more informative and visible.
Councilors agreed with Gatlinís idea and improved signage for city parks was placed on the agenda for the Wednesday night council meeting.
The Committee on Public Art also held a presentation to council about a proposed mural on the Wineteer Building at the intersection of Ringuette and Union. The proposed mural would be created by artist Bob Eding and the scene would depict the history of Southern Oregon and the Rogue River. CoPA members said they spoke with ODOT who said that intersection receives 30,000 trips daily. CoPA added the mural would promote tourism and economic development.
CoPA requested council grant $10,000 to the project that will cost $55,000 in total. Council seemed amicable to the idea and the grant will also be placed on a future meeting agenda.