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Canyon Lake City Council approves $10,000 to provide bus transportation for Canyon Lake Kids participating in Jr. Lifeguard Program

The Canyon Lake City Council approved funding in the amount of $10,000 to provide bus transportation for Canyon Lake kids participating in the California State Parks Jr. Lifeguard Program at Lake Perris this summer. Tryouts will be held in Canyon Lake. Tryout dates will be announced at a later date.

Those who meet the tryout qualifications (swim 100 yards in under three minutes and tread water for two minutes) will be invited to participate in the program at Lake Perris.  

The funding for transportation to Lake Perris was made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The ARPA was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, establishing the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund for cities and towns across the U.S. to receive a funding allocation. The rules regarding the funds were recently revised by the Treasury Department to allow for more flexibility on how the funding can be spent.

The City of Canyon Lake is estimated to receive nearly $2.7 million in funding. The city, in conjunction with its consultant HdL, created a spending plan, which was approved by the council during the March 2 City Council Meeting. Part of the approved plan includes $10,000 in funding to provide a rental bus for transporting Canyon Lake kids who will be traveling to Lake Perris this summer to take part in the Jr. Lifeguard Program.

The Jr. Lifeguard Program is a two-week recreational and educational summer program for children ages eight to 15 years old. The program teaches kids the basics of First Aid and CPR, aquatic safety, various water rescue techniques, and the natural and cultural resources that the California State Parks system has to offer.

The program emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and aquatic safety while introducing young people to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The program is designed to provide quality water safety education while improving young people’s physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their parents, and their peers. Students of all abilities and skill levels may participate.

For more information about the Jr. Lifeguard Program, click here or call 951-940-5600.

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