Editorial: Retention Pond Not A Park

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:00

Managing Editor

The Town of Carolina Beach will begin exploring whether or not to make a retention pond behind the Carolina Sands neighborhood a park once a new 1.2 mile bike path is built later this year. The pond has been an issue since it was built. People want to ride bikes, motorcycles, four-wheelers, and go fishing in that area much to the dislike of the landowner - the U.S. Army - and to nearby residential property owners. The residents were not thrilled with a bike path to begin with and a retention pond converted to a park will look nice at first but likely become a regular hassle for the police department. Sure, it sounds nice. Put in some picnic tables, trashcans, etc, all so some people riding bikes, walking or jogging can stop and have a picnic at a pond used to collect storm water from area roads (oil, rubber, fertilizer run off, you know... the good stuff.) The best solution is to fence the pond in, put up a camera monitored at the police department and let it be what it was intended to be, a storm water pond. Spend the money and maintenance cost on parks that better serve the general public.


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