August 21, 2018

Temporary ban on swimming at McIntosh Park

(Carroll County, GA) — According to Gradick Communications, Carroll County officials have called for a temporary ban on swimming activities in the Chattahoochee River at McIntosh Reserve until the Board of Commissioners meets again to discuss the park’s future.

The decision cam just hours after a 6-year old Carrollton boy drowned late Saturday afternoon. It was the fourth drowning in the area in the last year.

District-5 Commissioner Kevin Jackson called for the moratorium, and Chairman Marty Smith agreed.

The Carroll County BOC is temporarily banning swimming at McIntosh reserve in the wake of another drowning death Saturday, the fourth in the past year.

The Carroll County BOC is temporarily banning swimming at McIntosh reserve in the wake of another drowning death Saturday, the fourth in the past year.

Carroll County staff will post ‘no swimming’ signs today. The signs and order will remain in effect until at least August when the Carroll County Board of Commissioners next meets for a regular meeting.

“Please lift up the family who lost a child today in your thoughts and prayers,” said Jackson late Saturday.

McIntosh Reserve is an outdoor recreation area along the Chattahoochee River located near Whitesburg.

The 527-acre park is operated by the Carroll County Recreation Department and supports outdoor activities including camping, hiking, fishing, and others.

For more Carroll County breaking news visit www.gradickcommunications.com.

Comments

  1. McIntosh is a beautiful park. Don’t close the park. Do not allow swimming. My family use to camp there every weekend. We also had family reunions there. The history behind McIntosh is important and should continue to be shared. Stay out of the river. Sorry that families lost their loved ones. May God be with each and everyone of you. I understand the pain of losing your loved ones.

  2. Mart Hyatt says:

    This kind of news is always the most painful. I, as well as many love to visit McIntosh Reserve because of its native american history, peacefulness and unspoiled nature. I would hate to see it closed as a park.

    The Chattahoochee is highly inviting due to its beauty, but it is also unpredictably dangerous. With that said, it’s not intended as a swimming park I have taken my daughter to McIntosh since she was a small child. I watched her and taught her about the dangers of staying away from the river’s banks.

    I am against closing the park. I am against swimming in the Chattahoochee. Go to a creek or Tanner’s Beach for wading and swimming. I grew up on the Chattahoochee and was told never to swim. I’ve lost relatives and friends as they tried to swim across, then get tired and turn back. I’ve tubed the river in safer areas but still that is dangerous. The current and wideness is extra dangerous at Macintosh because of the bend.

    Please pray for the children and the families. Educate and watch your friends and family about the dangers, but let’s keep the park open.

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