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Reader Blasts LPPOA for Men Allegedly Yelling at Ice Skating Kids

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I am completely disgusted by the Lake Parsippany Property Owners Association and how it handles the issue of skating on the lake.

You have these older men who seem to have nothing better to do than drive around the lake and not ask people to leave the ice, not suggest it, but in an extremely rude manner scream at you to get off the ice. Most of us on the ice are above the age of 20 and are very approachable guys and easy to talk to, so I do not worry about the effect it has on us. But it's the kids who are under 18, as low as 6 years old, who have men well into their 60s yelling profanity at them—and these men really have no authority other than the phone they use to call the police.

And we wonder why kids do not always show their elders respect.

When we are skating on the ice, we are not bothering anyone. In fact most people walking around the lake will stop and watch for a while, even take pictures. We have some younger guys on the ice with us who are outside doing things—not sitting inside playing video games filled with guns and blood and gore. Not that those games are terrible, but you have to take a break.

Another thing: When these kids are on the ice with us, they aren't doing drugs or getting involved in any kind of mischief.

My family has been in this area over 80 years and have enjoyed using the lake for all the things it offers over that time. Especially skating. Most of the guys out on the lake also have families who have lived in the lake for a long time. We respect the lake. We make sure we clean up after ourselves. We are proud of the knowledge that our fathers passed down to us about when the ice is safe, and what to do in the case you do fall in, and what precautions to take to make sure it doesn't come to that. It puts a big smile on my face when I see my friends passing this down to their children.

This area has a storied history that we are all proud of. From skating on the lake in the winter to the 4th of July fireworks  at the Hills every summer. We are proud of this history, so who are these people who come into this town with no knowledge of it and call the police on us for healthy activities? We are not throwing parties, just having some good, old-fashioned fun.

Look at the photo to the right: That is beautiful. How is it not promoted? How can you try to take that beauty away from people who enjoy it and respect it so much?

I do not fault Parsippany Police. I fault the people who have forgotten what it is like to be a kid, what it is like to have fun.

I invite the men who call the police to come out there with us some time, even if it is just to watch and experience it. See why we love it so much. It is not something we do to bother you. It is something that is in our blood. Personally I have been skating on that lake for over 20 years and haven't fallen in once. You think I may be safe about it? Do you think I may know a little something about it? We all do, and would be happy to fill you in on some of that knowledge if it would make you feel better.

And we'll take respoonsibility for what happens: Give me a waiver to sign saying I will not sue anyone if I fall in. I would even go as far as to volunteer my time and check the ice and its safety for the LPPOA.

I just do not see where being outside playing a sport can be a bad thing for anyone. We even put in our own sweat to shovel out our rinks when there is snow. 

Eric Pfeiffer
Lake Parsippany 

Edd Flammer February 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Bob: there is no residency requirement to join the LPPOA. Pay the fee get the badges. Ryan: not sure what you are asking. The lake is wholly owned by the LPPOA, there is no mortgage or payments to some other owner for the LPPOA to possibly default on.
Ryan Pfeiffer February 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Are you sure, Edd?
Edd Flammer February 13, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Yeah, first when they publish their budget in the newsletter there is no line item for that kind of payment. 2nd the history page lists who the lake and the association came to exist http://www.lake-parsippany.org/who-we-are.htm
Bob Pfeiffer February 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I lived there for 60 years, Edd. If you didn't live within the established confines of 'Lake Parsippany', and there were established boundries...roughly Alderney Dairies, Bates Farm, which was cut in half circa 1957 by 287, Parsippany Rd., Banjolies farm or 202 ( Littleton Rd.)...you didn't live in Lake Parsippany and could not become a member of the LAKE PARSIPPANY PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION. The key words being 'Property Owners'. It was a private community. And, as advertised, not a "natural beauty" but a manmade one. There were as many if not more summer residents than permanent ones, but they were property owners. And we all enjoyed the activities the lake provided, year round, even the summer residents and their family and friends from Jersey City and Brooklyn would come here in the winter to skate and enjoy the lake. So, look into the real history of the lake and the people who made it what it was, and not the propaganda the board, influenced by the realtors, lawyers and insurance companies,
Bob Pfeiffer February 14, 2013 at 10:52 PM
who made it what it is today...Desirable Lake Parsippany...where your property values increase...location, location, location...but freedom of use is limited by a few dictator llike individuals and not a community effort. It's the main, perhaps the only reason, why I moved away. Bob Pfeiffer

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