LEWISTON, Maine — A summertime parking ban might be the best way to keep the No Name Pond beach from drowning in bottles, cans, used diapers and other litter, according to neighbors.
“We get people, and I’m amazed by it, who come from Durham, Lisbon, Litchfield, Sabattus,” said No Name Pond resident Jeanne Raymond of Loon Drive. “They say they heard Lewiston had a nice beach that’s open 24 hours a day and you can do whatever you want.”
Raymond and other residents complained to city councilors Tuesday night of drunken summer beach-goers who vandalized their private beach.
They asked the city to ban parking on No Name Pond Road between Parent Lane and Pond Ridge Road throughout the summer. With no places to park, they expect people won’t come to the beach.
“Anything else, putting up ‘No Trespassing’ signs on that beach won’t change anything,” said Marc Pellerin of Pond Ridge Road. “But putting up ‘No Parking’ signs, that will have an effect.”
Deputy City Administrator Phil Nadeau said pond neighbors have tried to police the beach and pick up trash.
“The very idea of the amount of diapers that have been thrown everywhere on that beach,” Raymond said. “They’ve even been thrown into the culvert where the water stream comes into the pond. And of course, someone has to go down and clean that up.”
Their attempts to curb the bad behavior have failed. ‘No Trespassing’ signs have been vandalized and stolen, gates and fences damaged and destroyed, and trees and other landscape elements have been cut down.
The beach is a 70-foot stretch of sand along No Name Pond Road, about 500 square feet of sand. It’s owned jointly by the Pond Ridge Acres and Waters Edge Drive homeowners associations. Nadeau said the beach draws crowds throughout the summer.
“Unfortunately, you can get a number of people that’s far in excess of what it can support,” Nadeau said. “In addition, there is a lack of amenities, like trash cans or bathrooms and things of that nature that make using that beach challenging for the public.”
Councilors said they were supportive of a parking ban. Nadeau said he expects to bring it before councilors for a vote at the Nov. 19 meeting.