Wichita Ordinance Bans Swimming On River

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

Sec. 9.29.270 Swimming, wading and bathing
No person shall place themselves, other persons, any objects or animals into or upon the waters of the Big Arkansas River and Bank Area in the area between the Lincoln Street dam and the Seneca Street bridge for the purpose of swimming, wading or bathing.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

The City of Wichita is reminding people of an ordinance that is in effect throughout the year.

City ordinance Sec. 9.29.270 bans swimming, wading and bathing on the Arkansas River between the Seneca Street bridge and the Lincoln Street dam.

Anyone found guilty of violating the ordinance can face a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $500.

"I think it's good that the ordinance is in place, in some places, but I feel it should be more than just there," said Felisha Martin, who lives near the river.

Wichita Police have also had to respond to a handful of incidents on the river. Last week, two people on a canoe had to be rescued after they became stranded under a bridge. On Sunday, firefighters and police officers had to respond to a near drowning after a man jumped into the Little Arkansas River.

"Our intent is to keep people safe. We've already had one drowning victim, and that's one too many," said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police. "We do not want there to be anymore."

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