Re: Pond Safety
From: Chris ScottHanson (
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2004 20:48:10 -0700 (MST)
There is a theory about danger being less dangerous when it is apparent. The park over the freeway in Seattle, which was completed in 1976 was originally suppose to have child proof barriers around all the water features. The landscape architect convinced the parks department that these water feature would be safe if the danger was real and apparent. He won the argument. I have heard of no serious accidents in this park, even though there are some serious open water falls and ponds. It is interesting to watch young children explore it the first time.

We have a 10,000 sf shallow drainage pond next door to where we live and there are 29 children in our neighborhood. So far, there have been no problems, partly, I think, because the sides/banks are gradual enough that a child can scramble out if they fall in.

Chris ScottHanson

On Jan 5, 2004, at 7:05 PM, Rob Sandelin wrote:

Sharingwood has two ponds, one a drainage pond, the other a garden pond. Neither have fencing, both have had kids fall into them. Parents of toddlers supervise their kids, ponds not withstanding. Both ponds are magnets to the older kids (5 and up) and like I said, most of the hard core pond players have been in at least once, maybe more. Water is a great play area. Safety with toddlers is an issue, but not a big one since that age bracket does not
wander unsupervised in my community anyway.

Rob Sandelin
South Snohomish County at the headwaters of Ricci Creek
Sky Valley Environments  <>
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Subject: [C-L]_Pond Safety

I'm in a cohousing group that's considering putting in a pond, and some
safety issues are coming up for us--particularly in regard to children.
With a pond, unlike a pool, putting up some sort of fence doesn't seem
like an option.  So I'm wondering if there are any other cohousing
communities out there with a pond or a lake that have faced similar
issues and how you've dealt with them.  Any advice or shared
experiences would be deeply appreciated.

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