CRD Parks management has recently contacted us and raised two important and potentially serious concerns that need to be addressed.
First, we were very surprised and disturbed to learn that parks staff have been threatened at the lake to the point that some no longer feel safe in providing services to Prior Lake. We find it difficult to imagine that anyone from our group would behave in such a way. If you know of any recent incidents, please contact us using our PLNPC email address and provide us with the details. Obviously, we need to deal with this matter and do what we can to ensure this unacceptable behaviour does not happen again.
Additionally, whenever you have a lake-related comment, suggestion or issue, please email these to your representatives William and Danny, rather than contacting CRD Parks directly. This is the professional way of dealing with things, and often the point has already been discussed and dealt with. CRD Parks has a huge park system and does not have the staff resources to deal with a myriad of requests from individuals.
Second, park management believes that new sand has been added to the small beach at the lake, and cited sections of provincial and regional legislation that prohibit this. We believe that only dredging from the lakebed has occurred, and we have asked for direction on whether this is allowed. If you are aware of anyone bringing sand to the lake, we need to know about it, as testing has determined that this is harmful to the lake ecosystem.
We would also like to point out that several individual lake-goers have recently taken upon themselves to make “improvements” to the lake without the permission of CRD Parks. Please respect that ALL maintenance and improvements must be approved by park management and completed by the unionized staff of CRD Parks. Again, if you have any suggested changes, please send an email to the PLNPC rather than dealing with it yourself without permission or asking CRD Parks directly.
We have included a new section for our website on “PLNPC and naturist roles” that we strongly encourage everyone to read. It includes additional background on what is provided here.
Obviously, either one of the issues raised to us by CRD Parks management has the potential to put our continued enjoyment of Prior Lake for naturist use in jeopardy. So, we hope that everyone will do what they can to spread the word out to other lake-goers of the concerns that have been brought forward. We thank you for your cooperation and assistance, and will keep you posted on any new happenings.
Best wishes, William and Danny