Residents who fish at Rotary Gardens would be charged
A city resident called Mike Williams, city leisure services director, and asked if people would be able to fish in the public fishing area without paying the fee.
The trout pond, along with Lions Pond and Kiwanis Pond, are public bodies of water that the public can use for recreational purposes, Williams told city council members in a memo.
However, the only land access to the trout pond is through Rotary Gardens. Most people get to the trout pond from the east end of the gardens off Sharon Road.
The state Department of Natural Resources requires that governments provide or insure adequate access to all public waters, Williams said.
The DNR defines "adequate access" as being free or a fee not more than the $7 daily admission fee to state parks.
Boaters who access the trout pond from Lions Pond would not have to pay an admission fee.