RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Last fall, Raleigh County Commissioner Ron Hedrick started working on a project to bring lifeguard stands to Lake Stephens.
84 Lumber provided wood to build the stands and Fastenal donated bolts and nuts. Local volunteers are working on the stands at a warehouse provided by Gunsmoke.
“To me, it was a safety issue because you have a lot of kids swimming in a fairly large-sized beach for a lake,” said Hedrick. “Lifeguards sit on a towel or stand up and walk around, and when you get a lot of people like on the Fourth of July weekend, you can’t see over the crowd to see who’s swimming.”
The project would originally have been carried out by local students, but when COVID-19 canceled class, local businesses and volunteers stepped up.
Hedrick hopes the stands are ready for their dedication to parks and recreation by sometime next week.