Citing Georgia health statistics that show incidences of melanoma increasing at a 2.6 percent annual rate since 2000, the Milton Parks and Recreation Department has installed two free sunscreen dispensers at Bell Memorial Park.
“We know that melanoma rates are on the rise, and one of the ways we can help prevent burning and possible skin cancer is by protecting ourselves with sunscreen,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Jim Cregge.
The bright yellow dispensers are across from the park atrium near the public restrooms. They are loaded with enough SPF 30 lotion for about 250 uses. The lotion is safe for use by persons six months of age and older.
During the first few months of use, city staff will monitor usage to ensure timely refills, officials said. Information also will be posted on how residents can report an empty dispenser. About 2,000 children participate in Milton sports programs annually at Bell Park, and they are often accompanied by parents and siblings.