That's really annoying: Because of some unteachable people who don't want to follow the rules at all, the lido at the Langener Waldsee is now - just in the hottest week of the year - closed completely and until further notice. The safety of the employees and visitors cannot be guaranteed under the current circumstances. Those responsible actually wanted to prevent this drastic step by closing the parking lot at the weekend and calling on visitors to come by bike, on foot and by public transport. But that didn't help and so the city of Langen and the Bäder- und Hallenmanagement Langen GmbH (BaHaMa), in consultation with the police and fire brigade, agreed to close the popular excursion destination in response to the chaotic conditions that prevailed on the B44 and the adjacent forest roads at the weekend. In addition, an online ticket system will be set up for the Langen leisure and family pool. Access to the bath in Teichstraße will then only be possible with season tickets or tickets purchased in advance.
"We are sorry for the 80 percent of visitors who behaved decently," says Mayor Jan Werner. "But unfortunately there is a clear proportion of those who cannot be taught. The danger of forest fires is simply too high. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we must now implement what we have repeatedly announced."
"We had hoped to get a clear signal from the closing of the parking lot in the bath, which is not able to accommodate the vehicles of all visitors," say the BaHaMa managing directors Manfred Pusdrowski and Joachim Kolbe. "This has also had an effect on many people. There were more bathers than ever before by bike or on foot, so that we reached maximum capacity despite the closed car park in the lido".
Despite the clear announcement, many people from the entire Rhine-Main area made their way to the lake again by car or motorbike on the hot holiday weekend. This would not be too bad, they had shown themselves to be reasonable. But many of those who came by car were not even deterred by the police and security. They parked their vehicles at the partly four-lane federal highway or in the forest. The police alone wrote more than 300 parking tickets between Friday and Sunday. The fines can be as high as 150 euros, and there may also be a point in the traffic offender register in Flensburg.
On the B44, numerous extremely dangerous situations occurred. There is an extreme danger of forest fire in the forest. The Hessian Ministry for the Environment has declared the second highest forest fire alarm level. In addition, the rescue routes were partially no longer passable. Since all appeals were of no avail, the final consequence is that the lido has now been closed with immediate effect.
After the situation in the leisure and family pool in Teichstraße had been relatively relaxed in recent weeks, there was also a rush of visitors there last hot weekend. This led to long queues in front of the entrance. In order to avoid this in the future, an online ticket system is now being set up after all. It is expected that tickets will be available from Friday onwards on the city's website www.langen.de. Admission will then only be possible with these tickets or pre-purchased season tickets for the municipal baths. There will no longer be a ticket sale at the entrance.