City officials announced this afternoon that Point Mallard Park will have a 6,000-guest maximum in the aquatics park.
Parks and Recreation Director Jason Lake and Police Chief Nate Allen made the announcement at a press conference in City Hall.
The city’s Legal Department and Allen also continued to maintain the park cannot keep guests from entering with a legal firearm and proper license because of a 2013 state law.
The announcement comes in the wake of the June 1 “Splash into Summer” event in which one person was shot and another was arrested.
Kaleeb Jones, 18, of 1702 Dianne St. S.W., Decatur, turned himself in to Decatur police. He is charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault. He was released from Morgan County Jail on $60,000 bond.
According to a police report, Kaleeb Jones produced a handgun during a verbal altercation and fired a round. “The round appeared to have fragmented and struck two individuals,” the report says.
Lake said the 20-acre park has only surpassed 6,000 in attendance once in recent years, but, “based on our history, we feel this is the number we can control.”
Park personnel will also be asked to stop guests from congregating in large numbers in one area.
The city also plans to:
• Increase police presence at entry gates.
• Increase firefighter presence for faster response to medical issues during large-scale events.
• Create critical incident response plans as needed.
• Hold employee awareness training on potential threats.