No easy fix for Woodstock boaters
The closing of a private boat landing that had been open to the public on North Pond in Woodstock has left boaters concerned and selectmen wondering what to do.
The landing was on the Gore Road, Town Manager Vern Maxfield told the board at their meeting last week.
“A lot of people were using it over the years, at least the last two or three,” he said.
Maxfield said the property owner had had some concerns about liability issues if anyone were to be hurt at the landing, prompting the closure.
That leaves only the landing on Route 26 near the Rocky Road intersection.
“We’re getting complaints from boaters because they’d rather not use the one on 26,” said Maxfield.
Planning Board Chair Jennifer Chase said Route 26 is a bad place to back a boat into the water.
Because of that problem, said Maxfield, “A number of people are going to be after us to consider working with Greenwood on finding a common boat landing place.“
But, he said, “To put in a boat landing in accordance with the state would we would have to have at least an acre. You have to have parking and a place to turn the boat around. We’ve got a mess on our hands for 20 boats a year.”
Added Maxfield to laughter, “We could get rid of Johnny’s Bridge (in Greenwood) and have two beautiful boat landings.”