Pratt Pond Association History
The Pratt Pond Association was formed on January 3, 1959. The original articles of agreement were signed by-
None of the original founders are still alive today, but two of the family camps are still owned and occupied by their children or grandchildren.
The following history is information received from a taped interview with Ed and Connie Blanchette in 1999, by Penny Yunuba.
When Ed and Connie bought their land in 1959, he contacted Waterloom Mills (now Greenville Mills) about lowering the pond to work on the land. Waterloom Mills still owned the very small, original dam and all flow rights, but had not used it in approximately 40 years. They offered to sell the half of the pond they owned and all flow…
- No dumping of rubbish in the water or anywhere outside which includes roadsides.
- Speed limit on all roads is 15 MPH, all vehicles.
- No combustible fuel powered motors allowed on the pond. There is a max speed limit on all watercraft of 10 MPH.
- No washing of people, dogs, clothes, or using soap in the pond. Anyone seen breaking this rule will be notified by the Association.
- It is the responsibility of PPA association members and guests to abide by all local and state ordinances/laws. No unnecessary noise should be made (radios, motorized vehicles, parties, etc.) Be a good neighbor. Noise curfew will be between 10PM and 7AM. This is in accordance with the New Ipswich Breach of Peace Ordinance.
- Three long car horn blasts shall be a distress signal.
- Any sales of property or transfers should be brought to the attention of the Association.
- Pond levels will be as follows – The draw down will always begin the day after Columbus day. The Pond will be lowered every five (5) years as far as we can to permit cleaning of beaches starting with 2005. All years in-between, the pond will be lowered about half way. The majority of the boards will be replaced in mid March (depending on the ice thickness) with all boards replaced once the ice has melted. The Dam Committee will determine the timing of replacing the boards with approval by PPA Board.
- Off Highway Recreational Vehicles: The NH Fish and Game Departments Laws Digest pertaining to Off Highway Recreational Vehicles (ATV’s, trail bikes, snowmobiles, etc.).
- Camp fires, pets and fireworks are permitted in accordance with state and town ordinances.