Letter: Hastings boat launch is not user friendly
To the editor,
The Hastings public boat launch is not really a user friendly boat launch! It has a very nice concert approach to the water, but that’s about it.
I grew up in the Hastings area enjoying the river by boat and have been doing so for over 65 years. The boat launch does not comply with Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines.
You go to launch your boat and there is no place to tie your boat, there is no dock and you need to bring a stepladder if you bring a person who can’t raise a leg to get in your boat. When you return to put your boat back on your trailer is when the real fight begins. There is no place to tie your boat while you get your car, and once you get your car and back your trailer into the water, then you need to push your boat out and line it up in a 4 mph current and your boat comes on the trailer crossways. This is a real joke. I have watched people try to load their boat for at least 15 to 20 minutes and still have not had the boat on straight. Now if you have two people it makes it a little easier, because you can attempt to drive your boat onto the trailer while the other person hooks up the winch. Most of the time, you will need to get into the water and get wet.
I would give this boat launch/landing a big minus for the Hastings Public Works or for whoever designed the landing, because of no dock and no place to tie your boat. Hastings used to have a real nice launch and landing up closer to the locks until somebody in their infinite wisdom decided to move it to its present location.
Not only is this a poor launch or landing, it is not handicap accessible, which is against the laws of our great state of Minnesota.