There has been a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about the new terrace in the Children’s Park. Hopefully, this will clear all of that up.
The Public Areas Committee, as part of our annual Volunteer Day projects, approved the construction of a terrace in the Children’s Park which would look out over the lake. A committee member designed the terrace, and it was approved. Two committee members and another volunteer constructed the terrace, and they built a “bench” around the top. The cost of the material for the terrace was reimbursed and is part of the Public Areas budget, meaning that the community paid for the materials that were used. While the construction was well done, concerns were raised by the Board of Directors after a donor for the dirt (needed to fill the terrace) requested that a sign be placed promoting their business. In accordance with the CLPOIA restrictions regarding signs, the BOD requested that an application for a Permit be filed with the Architectural Control Committee, and the Public Areas Committee Chairman and Board Liaison agreed.
The Public Areas Committee filed the application, and the ACC inspected the terrace.
As part of the ACC’s inspection, the ACC noted that the bench on the top of the terrace could pose a safety issue, as it was not high enough to act as a “railing”. This was a public safety concern, citing the following issues:
- The bench was too short to be a “railing”
- The drop-off at the west side of the terrace (facing the lake) was over 30 inches, which requires a railing
- The ACC suggested either adding a back to the entire bench or the removal of the bench and construction of a railing (railing height is to be 42 inches inches high)
- Several members of the Public Areas Committee agreed with the concerns, and, since the bench would have faced away from the lake (defeating the whole purpose of the terrace), the decision was made to remove the bench and construct a railing.
- Two members of the Public Areas Committee removed the bench to prepare for a railing
- The new railing is in the process of being constructed, and will be completed after the dirt is moved into the terrace
This railing will be at the proper height and strength to help prevent injuries to children and adults, while still allowing the people of the community to sit and look out over the lake (which is why it was built). In reality, the original bench would only allow a person to sit and look into the park (with their back to the lake) unless they swung their feet around and hung them off of the front of the terrace (to face the lake), which could potentially lead to a fall of more than 30 inches. There will be 2 park benches added to the terrace, which will complete the project.
This is an example of two CLPOIA committees working together to make Callender Lake a better place. The ACC is charged with approving all construction in the community and making sure that the community standards are met. The Public Areas Committee is charged with upkeep and improvement to the community’s common areas. Even though the Public Areas Committee is part of the CLPOIA, it is not exempt from the overview and approval of the Architecture Control Committee. Callender Lake is a great place, and it is a true community. Just like any other community, we have standards and obligations that must be maintained to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our citizens.
Chris Kirkes, Chair
Public Areas Committee