COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – A floating jungle gym in Lake Coeur d’Alene is creating lots of discussion amongst residents and city leaders.
Despite its fun purpose, the “Hooligan Boat” has city officials concerned. Civic leaders said the jungle gym is a risk since it is more than 200 feet offshore and there are no lifeguards in the area.
The "Hooligan" is 200+ ft off shore. City leaders say it's too far for weak swimmers.They tell me owner never had permission to put it there pic.twitter.com/p2V9wYPzXI— Ryan Simms (@KREMRyan) May 17, 2017
The City of Coeur d’Alene did away with lifeguards at City Beach in 2016. Officials made the decision after they struggled to find people to fill the positions. Earlier this month, the city reported they have not had many issues since removing the lifeguards and will, once again, not hire lifeguards for the 2017 summer season.
“My only real concern is how far it is away, and whether the kids are strong enough swimmers to get out there to play on it,” said one Coeur d’Alene resident.
It is for this reason that city leaders are taking action and demanding the Hooligan Boat be removed.
City officials said the Hooligan Boat was placed in city-controlled water without their permission and the boat’s owner had hoped to sell tickets to families wanting to play on it.
The city is now working to find other areas of the lake for the boat, so it will not be completely gone for good. At the same time, the boat’s owner has agreed to move it sometime in the next few days.