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New Swim Dock Successful With Everyone Except Students

The number of students at the College’s new $200,000 swim dock is surprisingly low. Why would that be? Handicap access has been taken into account. The dock is larger than the previous one, and there sure is plenty of lifeguard support. And the new facility is close enough to the Ledyard Bridge that bathers can watch townie kids merrily fling themselves into the void.

The planners took everything into account, save for one thing: how students get there. The big problem is that the new dock is a fair bit further away from the main access routes that students use (see the yellow highlights below) than the old one, which makes alternative swimming places like the Ledyard Canoe Club dock and the Safety dock that much closer. Surprising to nobody (except administrators and their well paid consultants), students go to the closer sites; in doing so, they avoid a long walk across a dusty parking lot.

Swim Dock Routes.jpg

The upshot of this entire imbroglio: more students are swimming in unsupervised areas than before, and the College has wasted a ton of money. Discretion prevents me from offering up the affair as a metaphor for the entire Kim administration.

Addendum: The D is reporting that the College is cracking down on after-hours swimming by students. In the past S&S has been more or less tough on this transgression: some years I’ve been threatened with a no-trespass letter; other times the patrolling S&S officer has turned a blind eye. No more:

“The student said that as he left the swimming docks after speaking with the officers, he saw three Safety and Security cars patrolling the docks.”[Emphasis added]

Chieften Dock.jpgThe end result of Dartmouth’s new policy will probably be that students swim at places like the Chieftain Inn’s lovely dock (right). The Inn’s website advertises swimming in the Connecticut and even a rope swing that is located across the river. The College is not the landowner at either site. Perhaps the owners of the Chieftain believe that their guests are more mature than Dartmouth students. What a tangled web.


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