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Photos and video: Fun, sun and safety at Park Point beach party

Duluth Parks and Recreation organized the Wednesday event, which featured a water safety awareness expo, pop-up play equipment and prizes.

Two people burry a man in the sand at the beach
Holden Ketchum, center, of Duluth, smiles while Gabby Black, right, of Duluth, and North Cartier, 12, of Duluth, burry him in the sand near the Park Point Beach House on Wednesday. Ketchum and Black are staff members from the Duluth-Superior Sailing Association. With conditions too windy for sailing, staff and students decided to visit Park Point Beach.
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DULUTH — It was a day of fun in the sun at Park Point Beach as beach-goers laid in the sand, played in the water and tested their safety knowledge as part of Duluth Parks and Recreation's beach party and water safety awareness event Wednesday.

The event, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Park Point Public Beach House, featured activities, pop-up play equipment, spinning wheel and prizes.

"Lake Superior is a lot of fun, but there are also a lot of things you need to be aware of to swim responsibly," said Marcy Dammann, recreation instructor with Duluth Parks and Recreation.

Staff members discussed rip currents with visitors. An information display set up next to a tent near the beach house.

"Looking for rip currents and understanding rip currents," said Dammann. "They (kids) have had a lot of fun just looking at the pictures that we brought out."

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Two people at a display table at a water safety expo
Marcy Dammann, left, and Connor Arland stand at a safety table outside the Park Point Beach House during the beach party and water safety awareness expo Wednesday. Both are Duluth Parks and Recreation employees.
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People at the beach
Visitors explore the water and sand of Lake Superior at Park Point Beach in Duluth on Wednesday.
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It was the third of three beach parties this summer organized by Duluth Parks and Recreation.

Historically, Duluth Parks and Recreation has held a sand modeling contest, but post-COVID 19, they decided to change it up a bit and instead of one day, have three community event-based days to provide outreach.

Boy shovels sand at the beach while another boy watches
Nathaniel Bateman, 13, of Duluth, left, dumps sand while digging a trench at Park Point Beach in Duluth on Wednesday while his brother, George Bateman, 10, of Duluth, plays in the sand.
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Water safety display table
Marcy Dammann, a recreation instructor with Duluth Parks and Recreation, holds the safety wheel on the display table at the beach party and water safety awareness expo Wednesday.
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Lifeguard in stand
A lifeguard sits on the stand and watches swimmers and visitors Wednesday outside the beach house at Park Point Beach in Duluth.
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Kids get ready to spin a safety wheel
Eisa Allen, second from left, prepares to give the safety wheel a spin while Marcy Dammann, right, and Connor Arland look on during the beach party and water safety awareness expo Wednesday. The wheel included topics for trivia questions, and visitors could earn prizes by answering.
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Kids smiling and relaxing in the sand
A group of kids relax in the sand at Park Point Beach in Duluth on Wednesday.
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Dan Williamson joined the Duluth News Tribune in June 2021 where he's involved in digital content such as video, photos and podcasts. Previously, he worked in television broadcasting as a Sports Director/Anchor at WDIO-TV in Duluth, Sports Director/Anchor in Bismarck, N.D., News and Sports Anchor at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, and Reporter/Photographer/Editor with the syndicated show "Life to the Max" in Eden Prairie. He was also the Development Director for the Duluth Salvation Army. Williamson grew up in Alexandria, graduated from St. Cloud State University and has lived in Duluth since 2012.
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