The Park and Recreation Commission recently updated 20-year-old Lake Beseck Beach rules.
New rules include no camping, no fires without a permit, no animals except service dogs, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and no anchoring or mooring overnight. New rules for the Charlie Augur Pavilion at the lake include no grills under the pavilion.
The 25 new rules apply to Lake Beseck Beach, 60 Lake Shore Drive, but Director of Park and Recreation Hannah Malcolm said the commission is working on setting revised rules for the other parks as well.
Leonard Pinz, the only member of the public to attend the April 4 hearing, suggested the commission consider allowing fishing during a limited time period at the beach.
“I’d like to see fishing available at a safer site for the kids,” Pinz said. “The kids all have to walk all around the lake to fish ... it's just too dangerous to have someone do that when they can fish right at the beach.”
Commission members expressed concerns that fishing hooks would be lost in the swimming area or around the boat launch, but ultimately decided to amend the proposed rules to allow fishing between the two posts to the right of the boat launch.
“I'd like to see fishing available in a safer spot for the kids and if we cornered it off … my only concern is people launch kayaks and canoes there and if they do that barefoot they could possibly step on it,” commission chair Chris Hurlbert said.
Fishing would be limited to non-swimming months, between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
The commission plans to look into whether it can designate the fishing area for children 16 and under.
A rule against parties, outside of town organizations, on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day was removed by the commission, which felt the guidelines would be better enforced through event permitting.