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Newton police step up patrols at Crystal Lake

Posted by Derek McLean  July 19, 2011 06:38 PM

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Newton is stepping up efforts this summer to prevent people from swimming in unauthorized areas around Crystal Lake.

Over the past year, the city has posted signs at Livingston Cove and Cronin’s Cove stating that swimming is prohibited and dogs must be kept leashed. The city has also added no parking signs along portions of Lake Avenue. Recently police have increased patrols of the area, particularly on hot days.

‘‘There are always some residents who swim in the unauthorized areas,’’ said Aaron Goldman, citizens assistance officer for the mayor’s office. ‘‘We have taken some steps to try and prevent that.”

Lt. Bruce P. Apotheker, spokesman for Newton Police Department, said police have issued several citations to swimmers in unauthorized areas this summer.

“We have officers out there constantly prioritizing illegal swimmers, unleashed dogs, illegally parked vehicles, and we are enforcing the no trespassing at the dock,” he said.

“We are aware of the problems that are going on there. We have officers that are assigned to the area on a continuing basis and we respond to citizens who complain about it proactively by having officers there manning it constantly.”

Goldman said residents can swim at the Crystal Lake bathhouse on 16 Rogers Street, which is maintained and run by the Newton Parks and Recreation Department. He said the portion of the lake is protected by certified lifeguards, making the area safer to swim.

“We encourage all residents to take advantage of the public bathhouse at Crystal Lake, where the Parks and Recreation Department do a terrific job at running the summer swim program,” he said. “Certainly there are some individuals who have chosen to swim in the other areas. We do not encourage this.”

For more information, visit the Crystal Lake webpage.

Derek McLean can be reached at dbmclean1@gmail.com.

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