People around town have been asking, “What’s with the flags and new sign in front of the Art Bank Building on the corner of Third and Main? “Well the answer is the Art Bank now houses the world corporate headquarters for SO2, a whitewater park design and consulting firm headed up by Lyons resident (and former Olympic whitewater kayaker) Scott Shipley. Shipley’s firm has been hired to create and enhance whitewater parks across the globe. He recently
returned from a site inspection tour in New Zealand, and SO2 created the whitewater course that was used for the competitions at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. When he’s not globetrotting around for business, Shipley can be found recreating in the Black Bear and October holes here in Lyons, or lending his expertise to the Lyons Parks & Recreation Commission.