Brazos River Authority and several other agencies and organizations will present a Water Safety Awareness Day to help increase the public’s knowledge of how to stay safe in and around water from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Rough Creek Park, 2209 South Morgan at Lake Granbury, located just off State Highway 144 near Stumpy’s Lakeside Grill.

Children’s life jackets will be given away at the event while supplies last.

“Our Lake Rangers take children’s safety very seriously, and we participate in many local community events promoting children’s health, but have never hosted our own event focusing specifically on water safety,” said Connie Tucker, Lake Granbury Project Manager. “We decided this would be a good time.” 

Those attending the event can help set a world record for the number of people wearing life jackets during the “Ready, Set, Wear It!” campaign by putting on a life jacket and signing a form to verify their participation.

“The Safe Boating Council’s ‘Ready, Set, Wear It!’ campaign is again trying to set a world record for the most people wearing a life jacket in one day,” Tucker said. “Last year, nearly 11,000 people participated in 257 events in 12 countries. Mike Fugate with the BMF Project will attend our event an official part of the world record attempt.  If someone wants to be part of a world record, all they need to do is come to the event, put on a life jacket, have their picture taken for the record and sign their name. The photos will not be used for any other purpose, but to verify the numbers sent in to Guinness (publisher of the Book of World Records).”

Representatives from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will sponsor a free Kid Fish event as part of the activities, with an opportunity to borrow equipment and get tips from experts. Police, fire and rescue boats will also be on the scene for people to see their equipment up close.

The Upper Trinity Groundwater District will have a display focusing on the importance of water conservation and also informing people about the water cycle.

Others who are expected at the event include: the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the YMCA, Lake Granbury Medical Center, HEB, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Brazos River Outfitters, the American Red Cross (offering free smoke detectors while supplies last) and the Safe Kids Coalition. Snake expert Mark Pyle will be on hand with information about snakes in and around Lake Granbury

“I’m excited that we have more than 15 different entities attending to promote their programs with water safety and awareness,” Tucker said. “We had a great response for this being our first year.”

Representatives of the Kyle Cares Amoeba Awareness campaign will also be present to help remind people about a rare but deadly organism and how to stay safe.

Helping people stay safe and able to enjoy the water is a primary goal of the Water Safety Awareness Day.

Tucker said she hopes for a good turnout from the community and also for those visiting Lake Granbury.

“Just come down, have some fun, and learn something new about water safety and awareness,” she said.

Free hot dogs and water will be available while supplies last. For more information about the event, call the Lake Granbury project office at 817-573-3212.