LOON ISLAND PLANNING SURVEY
The Parker Pond Association assumed stewardship responsibilities for 4 islands owned by the State Department of Conservation (DOC), Bureau of Public Lands about 5 years ago. They are Spruce Island (“rope swing” island), Birch Island (across from the headland’s cliffs), Bill’s Island on the North end of the pond, and Loon Island, which has a green cabin on it built in the 1920s. The State provides picnic tables, primitive toilets, fire pits with grates, signage, survey card boxes, and the help of a summer DOC ranger.
When we took over stewardship, the State preferred to have the Loon Island cabin demolished and replaced with a large lean-to. We argued for its preservation with our engagement and maintenance, and they relented. Initially our work crews took away several boat/truck loads of accumulated debris/junk. When a tree fell on the roof, the Ranger and I repaired the broken rafters and replaced the roof tarpaper. This summer, our work crews tore off the decking around the cabin because it was rotting out and dangerous. We have planned to replace it with simple steps up to the porch.
However, as we have done this work over the years and this summer, several executive committee members have suggested it is time to 1. finish the demolition and replace it with a State lean-to. Others want to 2. continue the open-ended rehab project by first trying to replace the aging, rotting sills, patch the holey wall boards, and gradually repair and renovate the cabin over the years. The State DOC has provided most of the supplies for such repairs, but may not always continue to do so, which could incur future financial costs to PPA. And because our work crew sizes have been shrinking, we may find we no longer have the capacity to do the work.
Therefor we ask that all PPA members and those interested in the Loon Island cabin please complete the online survey: LOON ISLAND PLANNING SURVEY. The PPA board plans to bring the question to the annual membership meeting next July for final decisions about how to proceed.
- Dan Onion (Lake Usage Committee)
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Updated January 2017 by Susan Onion, Communication Chair