Draining pond at park raises safety concerns

Workers will drain an 11-acre pond at Lake Waterford Park today, creating large mud flats as they rebuild a 63-year-old dam.

County officials fear the mud flats could become a tempting but dangerous playground for children, said Christine Coffin, a spokeswoman for the county Department of Recreation and Parks.

To discourage children from playing there and to alert parents to the danger, the county has closed a parking lot off Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, posted signs around the pond and sent flyers to schools, Ms. Coffin said.

The park will remain open; parking will be available off Pasadena Road.

Reconstruction was ordered last spring after the state Department of Natural Resources declared the dam structurally unsafe. The project will cost $1.27 million.

Officials want the work completed before spring.


* Mountain Road: A Chesapeake High School student reported to police that someone broke into his 1998 Toyota pick-up truck Wednesday and stole stereo equipment.

* Lake Shore: A resident reported to police that vandals broke into his 1988 Toyota truck while it was parked in the 500 block of Peasant Court Thursday and took stereo equipment.

* Pasadena: A resident of the 7700 block of Outing Avenue reported to police that someone broke into his 1992 Dodge truck Wednesday while it was parked in front of his home. Tools valued at $2,000 were taken.

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