From: Becky Schaller (bschallertheriver.com)
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2003 21:39:15 -0700 (MST)
Hi Bambi, When I first joined our cohousing community and was hearing people
talk about consensus, one of the stories I heard was about a pond. A couple
wanted a pond in their backyard and they also did not want a fence.  Their
perspective was that this was private property and kids shouldn't be in
their yard and this was therefore not a community issue.  Others disagreed.
The solution they finally came up with was that the couple would have the
pond but they would also install a grate about 1 inch or less from the top
of the pond.  The openings in the grate were large enough for the fish to
swim through, but small enough so that a small child would not fall through.
I don't know the details, but I did think it was a rather ingenious solution
to the problem.

Becky Schaller
Sonora Cohousing
Tucson, Arizona

> Bambi Rattner wrote:
> Hi!
> I'm part of a cohousing community that's considering
> adding a pond to our site plan, and some issues about
> safety have come up--particularly in regard to
> children. Obviously a pond isn't like a pool in that
> you can't easily put up a fence around it (and no one
> particularly wants to anyway). So we're wondering if
> there's another community out there with a pond or a
> lake that's dealt with safety issues. Any advice or
> shared experiences would be greatly appreciated!

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