Hancock police post new signs at Norway Pond beach to combat litter, parking problems

  • Hancock's Norway Pond beach on Thursday, July 18 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

  • Hancock's Norway Pond beach on Thursday, July 18 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/22/2019 1:45:34 PM

The Hancock Police Department installed new signs at the Norway Pond town beach Wednesday to combat recent problems with litter, parking, and nonresidential use of the beach.

“We’ve had complaints from residents about nonresidents on the beach,” Hancock Police Chief Andrew Wood said Thursday. “The beach is for residents and their guests, and the signs that were over there were not readily visible. Recently, we had an issue where we had four of the [parking] spaces taken up by a trailer. Parking is tight.”

Lifeguard Shannon Allen said trash has been discovered on the beach recently during weekends when the beach is unstaffed. The beach policy is carry-in, carry-out, and “residents are pretty good about that.” Allen said that lost and found items will now be displayed along the fence at the pond for a week, after which they will be stored in a shed for the rest of the season. Lost items used to hang on the fence indefinitely.

Lake users with boat trailers are instructed to park their trailers behind the town offices across the street while accessing the lake.

“We’re trying to make sure that if there’s an emergency, we can get EMS down there. Last year we worked with the Public Works department to put up signs along the road to the boat launch. The pond is also used as a pump source for fires, [the fire department] trains down there all the time,” Wood said.

Lifeguards staff the swimming area on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July 1 to Aug. 17.


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