Arcadia Lake in Edmond will keep personal watercrafts corralled for now

A group of homeowners in the Southlake addition opposes opening all of Arcadia Lake to personal watercraft. City council members want more time to study the proposal to use the entire lake on Mondays through Thursdays when the lake is not so busy.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: August 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm •  Published: August 15, 2012
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— Arcadia Lake personal watercraft riders will remain confined to a 75-acre designated area many refer to as a corral for the rest of the summer.

Personal watercraft owners have asked the city council to let them ride across the entire lake on Mondays through Thursdays, when the lake is not busy.

Personal watercrafts now can be ridden only in a specific area on the south side of Spring Creek Park, seven days a week.

Personal watercraft owners Tommy Hannon and Rick Marshall have been trying for three years to get Edmond officials to change the rules on the 1,820-acre lake.

“You can't deny all access to the lake to taxpayers,” Marshall said. “This is a public lake, not a private lake. It is not about noise.”

Homeowners in the Southlake addition are against the change because of the noise, environmental concerns, safety issues and the low level of the lake.

“Noise is the issue,” said Nicholas Antal, 7101 Bayliner Launch. “I can hear the trucks on the turnpike. It can't be good for the water. There would be more pollution.”

Jane Fitch, 7351 Bayliner Launch, said, “It is dangerous. Arcadia is shallow. It is a health and safety concern.”


by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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