Up front this sounds like a good idea. While we have to maintain the retention pond and the area around it, we do have to be careful when it comes to liability concerns should someone get injured, sick, drown or otherwise have a fatal event around or in the pond.
The HOA has posted signs around the pond that says “NO SWIMMING, NO FISHING, NO BOATING”.
By stocking the retention pond with fish, we then encourage residents or anyone else that walks onto the property to then catch and then potentially eat the fish. Keep in mind that the runoff around the retention pond includes chemicals from surrounding properties, peoples yards, the streets, etc.
The HOA has not tested the water in the retention pond, but volunteer homeowners have pulled much trash and a variety of dumped items from the pond over the years. We just don’t feel it’s safe to swim in, fish on or boat on the retention pond and the HOA does not want to be exposed to the liability should an unfortunate event happen as a result.
The HOA does encourage using the grassy areas around the retention pond for playing and relaxation as you desire, but we request that you exercise caution with regards to the retention pond and to adhere to the signs posted.
Also keep in mind that the HOA is paying to have the grassy areas around the pond maintained, but the HOA is not paying anyone to pickup trash left behind. As this is HOA property, homeowners are welcome to use it, but please pickup any trash you see, whether you left it there or not, and make sure you leave the area the way you found it (or better).