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Parks Dept. Says It's Making City's Waterways Safer

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After two boys drowned in the Bronx River, the Department of Parks and Recreation says it's making the city's waterways safer.

City officials unveiled some of the new measures at Riverside Park on the Bronx River.

They include self-closing gates, life rings and warning signs in English and Spanish.

The Parks Department says the safety measures are already in place at eight boat launches around the city.

Lawmakers say the measures are a pressing need in the community.

"It's not a happy day. This is not a happy occasion that we're doing this type of announcement. But it's a necessary one," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

"We at Parks Department took this loss very seriously," said Mitchell Silver, commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. "In the wake of the tragedy, we listened to the community and heard their concerns loud and clear."

Two 13-year-old cousins, Erickson Villa and Wellington Gavin, drowned in the river in June.

Community members have been calling for increased safety at the river ever since.

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