A Reminder about How to Use Our Lakes Safely

An unauthorized activity at Lake Hamilton this past week seemed innocent enough on the surface, but was a matter of serious concern to the Board of Directors for Hamilton Lakes and Parks, Inc.

We must remind everyone that for public safety and for the protection of our members, it is the recorded policy of Hamilton Lakes and Parks, Inc. that:

  • Only dues-paying members and their accompanied guests are permitted to use the lakes and parks.
  • Our liability insurance prohibits anyone – member or not – from entering the water in the lakes for any reason, unless in a non-motorized watercraft with life preservers for all occupants.

Any requests for exceptions to the above MUST be approved by the Board of Directors in advance of the activity.

Thank you for your understanding and compliance with these requirements. Please help us keep our lakes and parks safe and beautiful!

2 Replies to “A Reminder about How to Use Our Lakes Safely”

  1. We are new residents and paid our dues in February but have received no reply or card or acknowledgement since. We use the trails regularly and enjoy them so much. My husband was stopped by a woman wearing a vest and asked if he was a resident. We are but we thought this was strange and annoying as she didn’t seem to question anyone else, didn’t know who she was and had no way to prove we had paid. Clearly lots of people parked on the street and fishing are not dues-paying members so we were left wondering why she would question my husband with a dog and two children walking.
    Thanks so much.

  2. Hi Emily,
    Thanks for your question on the Hamilton Lakes website.

    First and foremost, we really appreciate your paying your dues this year!

    Gail Roy is the woman with the vest, our security patrol. As you can imagine, things have been much busier than normal at the lake this year, with so many people off work or not in school and looking for something to do. In the past several weeks, we have had a LOT of people who were not members who were fishing on the banks of the lake, and Gail has been instrumental in trying to clear non-members out of our park.

    You’d be surprised at how many people from outside the area have been bringing their extended families down to party at the lake. It keeps our residents from having access to the parks, and they’ve also been creating a litter problem. The only way we know to keep things from getting out of control is to have Gail challenge everyone. It’s a thankless job…and in fact, some of the non-residents have even threatened her. I’ve witnessed that personally, and even had to call the police a couple of times to clear out trespassers.

    I apologize if your husband felt like he was being singled out. That’s most definitely not the case nor our intent. With more than 300 paid households in our association, it’s just impossible for Gail to know every member by sight.

    Your comment highlights something we’ve been thinking about for a while, which is that it we need some way of identifying current dues-paying members without Gail having to stop and question everyone. Right now, the only way she has to verify someone’s membership status is to ask for their address and check her list.

    The Board will be meeting this evening. I’ll be sure to bring up your question and discuss it with the Board to see if we can find a cost-effective solution that will ensure we keep non-members away and yet provide as hassle-free an environment as possible for our residents.

    Thanks again for paying your dues, and I hope you and your family have many happy hours in the park this year!

    Jonathan

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