By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities
Just in time for summer, Hurricane Lake Estates Property Owners Association (POA) has threatened to fine Michelle Campbell $150 per month if she does not remove a playhouse she and her husband built for their children in their own backyard.
The Association voted 5-1 in April that the ‘unapproved structure’ would have to be removed.
Campbell has taken photos of several other playhouses in the neighborhood – similar to her own – and accuses her board of selective enforcement.
The family and neighborhood kids have contacted local news channel 4 (KARK – Arkansasmatters.com) in an effort to publicize their story and help to save their playhouse.
And here’s an earlier report (Playhouse in Limbo after residents complain).
About Hurricane Lake Estates:
According to reports and the HLE website: 600 homes, recreational lake, playground, picnic area, pool, and tennis courts, monthly assessments range from $48-72. Gated community. New construction ongoing. Several family-friendly social events each year.
But apparently the POA only supports its planned events rather than unstructured play of its resident children.
Sorry, kids. No fun allowed unless it’s at HLE’s Easter Egg hunt or 4th of July celebration.
Whatever happened to allowing kids to be kids? Today’s children need more outdoor play and activity, and opportunities to use their imaginations and to create their own fun. Besides, the playhouse is doing no harm to anyone.
So what’s this really all about? What’s so terrible that warrants a $150 per month fine?
Why does this Association care so much about a play structure is in the back yard of one particular homeowner?
We may never know. Maybe the Association will back down after media attention.
Michelle Campbell is showing some class here, by offering to donate the playhouse to Make-A-Wish Foundation it the POA absolutely insists it must go.
Makes you wonder whether these children will want to live in another homeowners association when they grow up.