Annual Members’ Meeting – March 26, 2024 @ 7:00 pm

Our annual meeting for 2024 will be held on Tuesday evening, March 26, at 7:00 pm in the clubhouse at Hamilton Lakes Swim and Tennis Club, 800 Montpelier Drive, Greensboro.

Electing the Board of Directors is vital part of our annual meeting. Our bylaws permit us to have up to eleven Board members. Several of the current Directors are stepping down in 2024. If you’re interested in helping to steer the direction of our association and make a lasting mark on our amazing neighborhood, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to join the Board.

Aside from attending quarterly meetings and providing input via email on issues that may arise, there are no special requirements for being a Director. We welcome enthusiastic, caring people with fresh ideas!

We will also review our proposed budget for 2024. There’s also a proposal to install commemorative signage at some of the main street intersections in our neighborhood. The City of Greensboro requires a community vote to proceed.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! Seating may be limited; please bring a folding chair if you have one.

Community Picnic and Fishing Clinic – Sunday, Sept 17, 2024

It’s time for our annual fall fishing clinic and community picnic on the third Sunday of September.

Our busy afternoon kicks off at 2:00 with what has always been a favorite of the young-at-heart in Hamilton Lakes, our fishing clinic on the dam at Lake Euphemia. In a community tradition stretching back for ten years, our resident experts will provide coaching and help novices learn the fine art of lake fishing.

Kids of all ages are welcome! Please bring your rod and reel, or use one of our loaners. Our coaches will be on hand from 2:00 to 4:00.

Gerald Hall, the “Egg Man,” has provided GREAT BAIT for our clinics for ten years. With his magic, we have caught hundreds of fish. Jamey Culbertson and Bob Broussard have been our dedicated coaches for our clinics.

If you would like to volunteer, let us know. It is great to help a child be successful, and the smiles are a great reward for spending a morning outdoors in your community. Many children, and some teenagers, have caught their first fish at our clinics.

We invite you to bring kids to our clinic who are interested in learning to fish or honing their skills. Association membership is not required, although we can certainly use your help to maintain our lakes, dams and trails via our annual dues.

Buy a child a new rod, and she will be psyched. Catching your first fish is an experience you’ll never forget! Your Association really enjoys encouraging kids to take up fishing as a relaxing outdoor hobby. Our coaches volunteer their time, provide loaner rods, and donate rods and tackle for budding fisherfolk.

Our community picnic kicks into gear at 5:00 that afternoon on the banks of Little Lake Euphemia, along Starmount Drive between Kemp Road East and Kemp Road West.

Live music will be provided by the Alley Rabbits, who are local favorites for their bluegrass-flavored interpretation of classic tunes! You can learn more about them on their webpage at

Taqueria Azteca’s taco truck, always a big hit, will be on hand. Sweet Carolina from Reidsville will have ice cream and other treats for sale. Bring a blanket and chairs, and relax and enjoy what has always been a wonderful afternoon event.

Here’s hoping for beautiful weather and a happy turnout!

Spring Fishing Clinic at Lake Hamilton – Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 9 a.m.

Children of all ages are invited to join us at the dock on Lake Hamilton on Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. for our semi-annual fishing clinic.

Our experienced coaches will share their pointers with youngsters who wish to learn anything from the basics to the finer arts of fishing. We will have loaner equipment, or you can feel free to bring your own rod and bait.

While you don’t have to be a member of Hamilton Lakes and Parks, Inc. to participate, we encourage you to join by visiting our website at

Come and enjoy one of our most joyous community traditions!

3rd Annual Holiday Sailboat Parade – Dec. 20, 2022

The Greensboro Model Yacht Club is pleased to present the 3rd Annual Lighted Sailboat Parade on Lake Hamilton. The show begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. (In the event of rain that evening, they will postpone until the next evening with good weather.)

The viewing area is the shoulder of Keeling Road East and the dam embankment along Lake Hamilton. For your safety and the protection of others, please stay off of the street itself, and do not go into the park past the dam.

For information on the event, club, or boats, contact Ron Small .

Please join us for this beautiful regatta to celebrate the holidays!

Fall Picnic and Fishing Clinic – September 19, 2021

Hamilton Lakes and Parks’ Fall Fishing Clinic will be held from 2-4 pm on Sunday, September 19, 2021. Once again our resident experts will happily share their tips and tricks with the youngsters. Loaner fishing tackle will be provided for those who need it.

At 5:00pm, join your friends and neighbors for our annual picnic. We will follow state and local guid- ance for outdoor gatherings. At present, masks and social distancing are recommended but not required. Please check our website or Facebook page the week before the picnic for any changes.

The Zinc Kings, billed as a progressive folk and string band, have graced the stages of the NC Folk Fest and the Carolina Theatre. We are thrilled to have them playing again this year. Check them out at:, and on Face- book. We will provide an ice cream truck, but not food trucks this year, so we are encouraging eve- ryone to bring their own picnic, relax, and enjoy the music!

Rescuing a Goose in Distress!

By Dick Gordon

Former Hamilton Lakes & Parks, Inc. board member, Janet Inmon, watched two families of geese feed in a neighbors’ yard for days in early August. She noticed that one parent goose had a problem with its left leg/webbed foot. Upon closer inspection, she noticed that a fish hook was imbedded in its leg, leaving it largely disabled.

Janet contacted Piedmont Wildlife Rehab, Inc. and explained to Fran Martti, their waterfowl expert, that an injured goose was in a yard at the corner of Henderson and Leonard at Meade Drive. Fran and her son, Ian, eventually determined that the goose needed veterinary attention and Ian captured the goose with a gentle bear hug. They took it to the Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital on Brassfield Road. There was no charge for the removal of the hook, but there was a small charge for the antibiotics the goose required. Piedmont Wildlife Rehab paid for the antibiotics. The goose is now fully ambulatory and back with its “gaggle”.

I would like to commend Animal Ark, Janet, Fran and Ian for helping a creature in need. Further, it would be very thoughtful if the folks who fish around Lake Hamilton would clean up their spent and tangled lines rather than just cutting the line. Over the years I have untangled geese, ducks and ducklings, and a Great Blue Heron. They were all afraid, but they seemed to know that I was trying to help them.

You can do your part by please cleaning up all your fishing gear when you’re finished for the day.

Alfred Moore Scales, Founder of Hamilton Lakes

By Will Truslow, MD

Alfred Moore Scales (1870-1940) was instrumental in creating two well known neighborhoods in what is now Greensboro, being (Old) Irving Park and Hamilton Lakes. He built the large Neoclassical Revival house that overlooks Hamilton Lake and was discussed in an early Bulletin.  The name, Alfred Moore Scales, has been found in the Scales family since the early 1800’s.  The Scales were large land owners along the Dan River and extensive other areas in Rockingham County.  They were of English origin.

Alfred Moore Scales (1800 – ?) and Dr. Robert H. Scales (1805-1882) were brothers and the sons of Nathaniel (1756-1824) and Nancy Allen Scales.  Dr. Robert and Jane Watt Bethel (1809-1876) Scales had a son, Alfred Moore Scales (1827-1892) who became the NC Governor, 1885-1889.  Junius Irving Scales (1832-1880) was the brother of the Gov. Scales and named his son AM Scales (1870-1940) for his brother. So, it was that the nephew was named for the uncle for 3 generations perpetuating the name, Alfred Moore Scales.

AM Scales’s (1870-1940) parents were Junius I. Scales and Euphemia Hamilton Henderson Scales (1840-1901).  She was the daughter of Archibald Erskine Henderson a judge originally from Granville Co. NC who lived in a Rockingham Co. home call Mt. Pleasant which is between Madison and Wentworth.  The Governor AM Scales married Katherine Henderson, the sister of Euphemia H. Scales and they had no children.  You can see from the names mentioned several of the names of streets and lakes in Hamilton Lakes with the Scales name conspicuously absent. Also, in Old Irving Park there is a Wentworth Street.

Junius I. and Euphemia Scales moved to Greensboro in 1871 returning from Mississippi. Another of their sons, Admiral Archibald Henderson Scales (1868-1952) built a home at 3907 Henderson Rd in 1926. It is calledTar Haven and prominently overlooks Hamilton Lake across from his brother’s home.

Sources:  Rockingham County Heritage – NC 1983;  The Journal of Rockingham County History and Genealogy Vol. VI, Number 2 December, 1981;  WikiTree.

How We Can Help and Respect Each Other in Stressful Times

The Board recognized early this spring that this was going to be extremely stressful for everyone, and we have been doing our utmost to let the lakes and parks be a place of refuge and enjoyment. 

At the same time, the increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic, especially at Lake Hamilton, has led to overcrowding on the shoulders of the city street, hazardous conditions for pedestrians along E Keeling Rd., and unsightly littering in the park and lake. 

That’s why it is important for us to continue to remind everyone that Lake Hamilton and Lake Euphemia are private property, and restricted to the use of dues-paying members only, and for us to enforce the restrictions for use of our private property. We cannot control parking along E. Keeling Rd – that’s a city street – but we can limit traffic if non-members are discouraged from fishing at Lake Hamilton.

Your membership dues help us defray the costs for maintaining the lakes and trails. Annual expenses run in the tens of thousands of dollars. We are grateful for your support. We get no financial support from the city or state; in fact, we pay taxes on the land.

We retain the services of a security monitor to help us check that only association members are using the lakes and surrounding trails. She carries a current roster of all paid members, listed by household address. If a woman wearing a Hamilton Lakes and Parks security badge approaches you and asks you for your address, she is doing her job to help protect you and your lake and park.

This is no different than being asked to produce your membership card when you enter a private gym, the YMCA, or a country club. We don’t have gates or fences or checkpoints, so her approaching you in the park is the only way we can check to see your membership status.

We have asked her again this week to ensure that if she approaches you, she does it in a polite and respectful manner. Likewise, we request that you politely and respectfully give her your address so that she may verify your membership. There’s no need for it to be anything other than a friendly, 30-second interaction.

We have several hundred members. It is impossible for her to remember everyone by sight to recall if they are paid members or not. That’s why she may ask you for your address if she does not know you personally.

For those members who don’t want to be disturbed, we have given her some membership cards to hand out to members who are fishing or boating, if they request one. She will just need to verify your address, and then she’ll give you the ID tag, which you can hang on your gear or clothing. Thereafter, if you see her coming toward you, all you have to do is wave your membership tag so that she can see it.

Also please be aware that the Board meets regularly with the Greensboro Police Department regarding safety and security. Every time we meet with them, they remind us to call the police IMMEDIATELY to report trespassing. We have chosen not to escalate situations to them unless (1) people refuse to identify themselves, (2) they are not members and refuse to leave after being asked to do so, or (3) we see behavior that is clearly destructive or potential harmful. The Board supports our security monitor’s judgment and discretion in making that call.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we walk the fine line between creating an open environment as possible for our members while also keeping Hamilton Lakes and Parks safe and secure. 

Device Found at Lake Hamilton, May 17, 2020

Hi folks, Jonathan Ward here, President of Hamilton Lakes and Parks Inc. I spoke with Officer O’Brien of the Greensboro Police Department today. The device that was found on the banks of Lake Hamilton on May 17 was a military-style grenade of the type that people can buy at gun shows. Officer O’Brien said that the device was “heavily weathered,” meaning that it had been on the ground for quite some time. He suspects that it was left there accidentally long ago and was not placed with malicious intent.

I was surprised to learn that the police get a LOT of calls about grenades being found. 

Official advice: If you are ever out and about and see anything that looks suspicious, DO NOT TOUCH IT; DO NOT PICK IT UP. Call the Greensboro Police Department, and they will investigate it and dispose of it properly. 

We are all grateful that no one was injured.

Please be aware that we have been increasing our security around Hamilton Lakes for the past several months, in order to keep everyone safe and to keep the parks and lakes clean and in good shape. If you are challenged by our security patrol, please know that her number one priority is your safety and the safety of our members and residents. You can help us by being vigilant for suspicious activity and by helping to keep the grounds clean! Nothing will spoil your day faster than stepping on a piece of broken glass or a rusty fishhook.

Spring Fishing Clinic and Clean-Up Day Cancelled – May 9, 2020

The May fishing clinic at Lake Hamilton has been cancelled due to the need for us to continue social distancing to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Likewise, we will not be holding our spring community clean-up rounds that morning.

At the moment, we still plan to hold the fall fishing clinic and our annual picnic at Lake Euphemia on September 20, 2020.

Thank you for your understanding!