It has been a long and interesting three months. The Park Board would like to provide some updates for you as we all travel this COVID pandemic journey together.
The area where the park sits is actually owned by NineStar, which they acquired upon purchase of Gem Utilities. The open field houses two well fields that feed the water tower. NineStar has generously gifted the Meadow Havens Park HOA part of the property where the shelter house, parking lot, pool, playground, tennis court, and walking path reside. They have maintained ownership of 2/3 of the lot where the water works, tower, well field and basketball court sits. We have negotiated to keep the basketball court within a lease and therefore to maintain usage of that. We can also continue to utilize the open field to fly kites, play kickball etc., but ask that you continue to be good neighbors and clean up trash, dog waste, etc. so that we don’t lose that privilege. Trash bins will be put out soon, so please utilize them! NineStar will be expanding the waterworks building and erecting a fence around the water tower and buildings. We are excited to have negotiated a mutually beneficial co-existence with NineStar upon their purchase from Gem Utilities.
We are in the process of arranging to have the roof replaced on the pool house and shelter house. It has wind damage, and will be covered by insurance. Our goal is to have this complete by the time the pool opens, but we will do our best to not impact usage of the pool.
POOL/PARK: Our plan is to open the pool and park amenities (playground, tennis court, shelter house and basketball court) on May 24th if the State progresses into the next reopening phase as planned. The board has done a lot of work to research and understand expectations of the State of Indiana and Hancock County Health Department’s guidance on phased re-opening. The majority of community and public aquatic facilities are NOT opening this season, so we ask for your help to support the decisions and requests of the Park Board to assure we can safely keep the park and pool open this summer. Compliance and resident accountability will be important to assure the Health Department doesn’t shut us down.
By utilizing your access card, you’re accepting the risk of potentially contracting COVID-19. There will be modified rules, occupancy quotas, and everyone using these amenities will need to contribute and do their part to assure that we can remain open. These rules and quotas are SUBJECT TO CHANGE at any moment, so please be good partners with us as we work through this together! We have switched pool maintenance companies, and expect to see an improvement in how the pool is serviced. We have also modified the duties of our Pool Monitor, Tina DeLois, and we ask your cooperation if she asks you to comply with the social distancing requests, sanitization expectations, and occupancy limits. We are also asking that until we are able to increase the occupancy limit back to 96 that you do not bring non-resident guests. There has been a large influx of new homes and families, and we want to assure that our residents get priority while the pool is at reduced capacity limits. Parents, please ask your unsupervised children to comply with this request also. Hopefully, we will be able to resume full capacity soon, and we’ll allow the 2 guest per family rule to resume.
Pool COVID-19 Rule Addendum (existing rules still apply – if conflicting, the most restrictive rule will be in force)
Playground COVID-19 WARNING Playground rule modification
It is required that all residents are to abide by these amended rules. Failure to follow will result in immediate ejection and suspension of pool privileges.
We want to thank you again for your patience, cooperation, and assistance as we maneuver through these unprecedented times. There are more exciting things to come with our park and pool, and we’ll be in touch with you periodically. If you have any questions please reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Pottle, Director, Havens
Erin Willard, Director, Meadow Lake Village
Dawn Walsh, Director, Meadow Lake Estates
The following rules are designed to help make the Meadow Havens Park community swimming pool a safe and healthy place for recreation:
There are NO LIFEGUARDS. You are responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of your family and guests. When swimming, you must be aware that there is always a risk of drowning. The pool is a potential safety hazard. CAUTION IS ADVISED! Please abide by the following SWIMMING POOL RULES AND REGULATIONS when using the pool:
1. Always shower before using the pool (required by the Indiana State Board of Health).
2. Pool hours of operation are between 9:30 A.M. - 9:30 P.M. each day. The pool will be accessible by electronic key card only. Any access issues should be directed to the pool monitor found on the Nextdoor website.
3. The pool will be available for Meadow Havens Park residents and guest use from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
4. No running, pushing, or any type of dangerous or noisy behavior, including excessively loud radios or music players, is permitted in the pool area.
5. No diving into the pool is allowed. Please use the steps or the ladders.
6. Guests must be accompanied at all times by an adult Meadow Havens Park resident. No more than 4 guests per resident.
7. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (over age 18) when in the pool area. Children with baby sitters under the age of 18 shall not enter the pool area without a supervising adult over age 18 present.
8. No smoking, alcoholic beverages, or glass containers of any kind are allowed in the fenced pool deck area. Waste food shall be sealed before disposal to reduce insect problems. Please place all trash in the available receptacles.
9. Persons having a contagious or infectious health condition shall not use the pool.
10. Infants and toddlers shall not be allowed to enter the large pool without an adult. Infants and toddlers shall wear watertight plastic pants over diapers in the pools. Diapers alone shall not be worn in the pools.
11) Any issues regarding “pool maintenance” should be directed to the Park HOA email. Meadowhavenspark.email@example.com. Please report any incidents of fecal activity in a pool immediately to reduce possible closure time.
12. No pets are allowed in the fenced pool area or in the pools themselves.
13. Pool toys, rafts, noodles, clothing, balls, etc. shall not be left in the pools or on the pool deck after hours. These items create a maintenance problem and will be removed and disposed of daily.
14. Individuals vandalizing and / or trespassing during non-open hours at pool facilities will be prosecuted.
Please contact Meadowhavenspark.firstname.lastname@example.org. for any improper behavior, acts of vandalism, use of alcoholic beverages, or unauthorized persons loitering at the pool. All emergencies, please call 911. The cooperation of your family members is required to ensure that the Meadow Havens Park pool is a safe and healthy recreation area.
VIOLATIONS WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF POOL ACCESS