Greetings from Charlotte Recreation. I think we can all agree that living where we do is a privilege and having access to the lake is a wonderful resource. Charlotte is blessed with a 20+-acre waterfront parcel we affectionately call “the beach,” and the Recreation Department is charged with managing this and other parcels for the town, including the rink, Whiskey Bay and Lanes Lane access.

Use of “the beach” has grown exponentially over the last few years, with warm summers, parties, concerts, picnics, tennis, pickleball and disc-golf, and it is this growth that has initiated the conversation in Recreation of what is the future of “the beach.” What is our vision for “the beach” property, and more important, what is yours? In this vein, Recreation will be holding an open meeting for public comment on Monday, Nov. 26, at Town Hall at 6:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the meeting on the 26th, please send an email with any ideas or suggestions, or fill out the survey that is now available.

It is with great pleasure that we announce a benefactor who also recognizes the tremendous resource we have at “the beach” and who is willing to help initiate the installation of a new playground. We hope others may step forward to contribute to this exciting development.

Thanking you in anticipation and recognizing that engaging our wonderful community in this process will be rewarding for all of us.

Thank you.

Bill Fraser-Harris is the chair of the Charlotte Recreation Commission.