EDMOND — Tuesday was the first day that personal watercraft riders could use all of Arcadia Lake on Monday through Thursday instead of remaining confined to a 75-acre designated area many refer to as a corral.
Personal watercraft owners Tommy Hannon and Rick Marshall have been trying for nearly five years to get Edmond officials to change the rules on the 1,820-acre lake. Hannon gave Mayor Charles Lamb a petition signed by 131 people in favor of the change.
Council members approved a new ordinance this week by a vote of 3-2. Councilwomen Elizabeth Waner and Victoria Caldwell voted against the change, which is temporary. Council members will re-evaluate after Oct. 31.
Friday through Sunday, personal watercraft users will have to stay in the corral because of heavy traffic on the lake during the weekend. The new rule excludes Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
Craig Dishman, parks and recreation director, said the restriction should be lifted because of the low number of users on the lake on Mondays through Thursdays.
Arcadia Lake was the only U.S. Army Corps lake with any restriction on personal watercraft use.
“We have also seen that personal watercraft today are 75 percent quieter and up to 90 percent cleaner than pre-1998 models,” Dishman said. “The number of accidents and deaths using a (personal watercraft) are lower than in a standard motor boat, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.”
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