The Dayton City Commission is expected to have its first reading of the ordinance repealing the ban on inflatable rafts and tubes on Wednesday.
“The ban originated as a result of the increased activity taking place on the city waters and a desire to preserve the public peace, property and health and safety of its citizens,” according to a memo from the city attorney.
If the commission decides to repeal that section of the city code, the city will defer to state of Ohio’s watercraft regulations.
The state allows inflatable rafts and inner tubes if they have multiple air cells or compartments, so they can remain afloat if one cell or compartment is punctured or collapses.
Pool floats wouldn’t cut it since they tend to be pretty flimsy. The tubes need to be much sturdier than that. People also should wear life-jackets when on rafts and tubes.
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The Stillwater and Great Miami rivers tend to be nice, lazy rivers that would offer relaxing and fun floating opportunities, Scarff said.
People could float from Englewood MetroPark down to Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, or from eastern parks along the Mad River to downtown.
“I would hope this opens the rivers to a whole different group of people,” Scarff said.