Bill G. Shirel, 87

Born February 17, 1934

Died June 10, 2021

Russell Gilbert "Russ" Hayes, 92

Born June 22, 1928

Died June 9, 2021

Virginia Lee Tutt, 82

Born January 16, 1939

Died June 8, 2021

David Ronald Franklin, 75

Born September 4, 1945

Died June 8, 2021

Robert Lee Barker, 78

Born May 23, 1943

Died June 8, 2021


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Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 8:36 AM

Muskogee’s River Country Family Water Park is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 29 at 11 a.m. A shortage of lifeguards has forced the park to reduce its hours of operation for the 2021 season. The park will be closed on Mondays.

“We operate three separate pool facilities during the summer; Muskogee Swim and Fitness Center, River Country Water Park and Spaulding Pool,” said Baily Arnold, aquatics supervisor for the Muskogee Parks and Recreation department. “Lifeguarding is a rewarding job that gives you lifesaving skills with a certification, as well as CPR and AED certification.”

To encourage more teenagers and young adults to become lifeguard certified, the City of Muskogee is offering a scholarship program to help offset the cost of the course required for certification. A Lifeguard Certification class is scheduled June 3, 4, and 5.

Applicants must be 16yrs of age, complete a swimming skills pre-test, and be eligible for immediate hire with the city of Muskogee upon successful completion of the course.

Admission is $3, or free for season pass holders.

Season passes for adults are $60 and season passes for children ages 3-15 are $45. Day passes are available for $8 for adults and $7 for children. Children age 2 under are free.