Monday, May 7, 2012

Spring didn't just come quietly to Lakewood this year -- it came bursting on the scene with a riot of colors dancing through early spring flowers in February, glorious pastels waving through flowering trees and shrubs in March, extremely warm southerly breezes wafting through April, and now spring showers nourishing May.  Spring has certainly been glorious in Lakewood. 

Because we experienced a very hot summer last year and very little moisture during the winter months, our lake is still down several feet from full pool.  Has that stopped the boat owners from firing up their motors and taking a cruise around this nice lake we call home?  No way!  This is a no-wake lake and unlike other lakes in this area, Lakewood has regulations that forbid individual ownership of docks along the shoreline.  Instead, we have two marinas with rental dock space for larger boats and rental boat racks in various locations along the shoreline for smaller craft.  The placement of these docks keeps the shoreline from looking cluttered and only enhances the beauty and size of the lake itself.  The no-wake regulation keeps the lake serene.  Also spaced at intervals along the shoreline are "pleasure docks" for the pleasure of all homeowners and their guests to use for swimming, sunning, or fishing.  No boat?  No problem -- just go down to one of the docks and still enjoy the lake.  Not a lake person?  Well, Lakewood offers a variety of outdoor pools from Memorial Day through Labor Day -- all with certified lifeguards.  Don't know how to swim?  Swimming lessons for all ages are available during the summer months.

Not a water person?  Again, no problem.  Lakewood offers tennis courts, sand lot volleyball, a ball field, a pickle ball court, and large play areas with picnic facilities.  A clubhouse with work-out equipment is also available for a small fee.  There are also many clubs and organizations in Lakewood.  Homeowners are kept aprised of these through a monthly newsletter called "The Ripple."  Lakewood is a great place to call home!

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