As a longtime resident of this beautiful community, I was happy to learn the new Durango Hot Springs owners would breathe life into a beloved town artifact.
But as a patron and mother, the 5-year-old boy’s drowning Jan. 17 in the hot spring pools was devastating news.
I am not the only person in Durango deeply concerned about Durango Hot Springs’ silence since then and their lack of response regarding the Oklahoma family and any plans for creating a safer environment with alcohol on the premises.
Durango residents want to support the family during this difficult time. How can we do that? We are looking for Durango Hot Springs’ leadership. Is there a fund set up for the family that Durango Hot Springs can share with the public?
Here is a larger perspective, too: This tragedy could happen to any family. Swimming is a life skill and we live along the banks of a river that cuts through our valley. Why is swimming not a part of our school physical education curriculum, especially with access to a year-round community recreation center?
In the meantime, anyone can donate to this local fundraiser: www.swimmingisalifeskill.org. The donations provide swim lessons for our community’s kids regardless of household income.
I look forward to our community’s response.
Mandy JonesDurangoEditor’s note: A news story in the March 2 Herald (“5-year-old drowned within arm’s reach of others at Durango Hot Springs”) provides an update.