- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - A teenager’s fall from a cliff last month in an eastern Iowa city has raised questions about safety and whether the city should be held liable for such incidents.

But officials say warning signs posted in the park fulfill Clinton’s obligation to protect the public, The Clinton Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1msUWNm ).

A 17-year-old boy fell July 28 from a cliff in the Eagle Point Parks Bluffs. The teen, whose name was not released, was flown to an Iowa City hospital.

Gary Herrity has researched the bluffs’ history and written several articles about the 80-foot cliff in the park.

“There are many routes into the area: from the sides, from below, etc. Posting (warning sings) in one spot does not absolve the city from making the area safe,” Herrity said.

City Administrator Jessica Kinser said the signs meet the requirement to protect the public and people can decide whether to take the risk. Signs displayed in the park read “Danger Bluff Area.”

“Our expectation is that people will notice the signs and choose not to go beyond that point - because it is dangerous,” Kinser said.

Clinton Fire Department Lt. Allen Schutte noted that falls happen nearly every year.

“The park is a beautiful park, but the bluffs are an unmaintained area,” Schutte said. “The signs are there for a reason.”

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Information from: Clinton Herald, https://www.clintonherald.com


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