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."
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.
1/6: Gabby Black, a staff member with the Duluth-Superior Sailing Association, uses a shovel and fills a sand castle mold while visiting Park Point Beach on Lake Superior in Duluth Wednesday during the beach party and water safety awareness expo organized by Duluth Parks and Recreation.
2/6: Amy Hill, left, of Duluth, applies sunscreen to the back of Eisa Allen's neck at Park Point Beach on Lake Superior in Duluth Wednesday during the beach party and water safety awareness expo organized by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Hill is an instructor with the Duluth-Superior Sailing Association. Conditions were too windy to sail, so staff and students visited the beach.
3/6: Taryn Longshore, a lifeguard with the city of Duluth, sits on the stand and watches swimmers and visitors Wednesday outside of the beach house at Park Point Beach on Lake Superior in Duluth.
4/6: Visitors to Park Point Beach explore the sand while lifeguard Taryn Longshore, right, watches from the lifeguard stand on Wednesday. Some of the visitors stopped by the beach party and water safety awareness expo at the Park Point Beach House organized by Duluth Parks and Recreation.
5/6: The display table at the beach party and water safety awareness expo organized by Duluth Parks and Recreation on Wednesday included a safety wheel with topics for trivia questions, which visitors could earn prizes by answering.
6/6: The Park Point Beach House in Duluth as seen Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022.
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.