The Ponderosa Community Club Neighborhood

The Ponderosa Community Club

The Ponderosa Community Club was incorporated in 1968 to assume responsibility for the Ponderosa, a Rural Waterfront (RW) zoned recreational development just outside Plain Washington. (Zoning Map, opens in new window.) The Ponderosa is comprised of 585 individually owned recreational lots, separated by approximately 243 acres of commonly owned greenbelts and clubhouse grounds. There is also a commonly owned clubhouse and community swimming pool.

Membership is obtained by purchasing a lot within Ponderosa Estates, and with it comes the obligation for dues and assessments to pay the expenses of the community club. Membership rights include use of the clubhouse (which can be reserved for private functions), swimming pool and other commonly-owned facilities.

From 1968 to the present, the club has been governed by a board of five volunteer Trustees elected by the membership. The Board of Trustees elects the President, Vice-President, Director of Operations, Treasurer and Secretary. Governing documents are the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws, the Operating Procedures, and Rules and Regulations.

Although much of the work of the Club is implemented through volunteer committees, the Club also employs 2 full-time maintenance staff and two part-time office staff to provide daily services for residents.

Annual dues and assessments are collected for each lot in the Ponderosa to pay for all expenses and capital improvements.

The Board of Trustees meet in the Clubhouse on the second Saturday of every month, except January, in order to conduct the business of the Club.  The board’s responsibilities are to oversee Club finances, maintenance and operations of the Ponderosa property, as well as policies and procedures necessary for the peace and safety of the membership.

At least once annually (Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend), and at other times as necessary, the Member’s Annual Meeting is held in the Clubhouse in order to provide information on subjects ranging from the Club’s operation and financial condition to voting on assessments and election of Trustees.

The Needler community-based newsletter is posted on the Ponderosa Website to keep members appraised of recent events.

Ponderosa Rules


  1. All traffic signs shall be obeyed.
  2. The speed limit on all Ponderosa roads is 15 m.p.h.
  3. Parking shall be prohibited on all Ponderosa roads and cul-de-sacs at all times. Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. Members can report a violation to the office.
  4. No motorized vehicles (including but not limited to snowmobiles) are allowed in greenbelts or park.
  5. Sledding of any king is prohibited on all roads and behind vehicles in the Ponderosa.
  6. Damage to road surfaces is prohibited. Members may report damage and fines may be imposed.
  7. All vehicles shall comply with Chelan County’s Noise Abatement regulations.
  8. All motorized vehicles must be equipped with appropriate headlight and tallights if operated between dusk and dawn.
  9. Helmets are required for the operators and riders of all motorcycles, ATVs, go-carts, and snowmobiles.
  10. There shall be no blowing, shoveling, pushing, or plowing of snow into or across the roadways at any time.
  11. Garbage Cans shall not be placed in the roadway at any time. Exception: for Cul-d-sacs/roads that Waste management will not travel on during the winter months, cans must be placed off to the side of the road and removed as soon as possible after they are emptied.
  1. Please keep these areas attractive by cleaning up after use. Walking, jogging, biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing are allowed. Please pull knapweed if you know it, and dispose of properly.
  2. Hunting or discharge of firearms is prohibited.
  3. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on Greenbelts, except for emergency vehicles and those necessary for maintenance and security as specified by the board. No lot shall use greenbelt parcels for vehicular access. No driveways may encroach on Greenbelt parcels.
  4. Dumping of yard debris, garbage, ashes, household items or fixtures, vehicles or parts, industrial liquids, etc. is strictly prohibited.
  5. No construction on Greenbelt property. Alterations and/or modifications including: digging, addition of manmade materiel, graffiti, construction of Motor Cross trails, bicycle racing tracks, forts, etc. are prohibited. Trails may be allowed if approved by the Watershed committee.
  6. No person shall cut or remove trees, logs, brush or other natural growth without first obtaining written consent of the Watershed committee. Owners of property adjoining the Greenbelts are encouraged to maintain these Greenbelt areas. Prior review by the Watershed Committee is required so that sensitive plants are not removed or harmed. No construction or alteration of land contours will be allowed. No pesticides or herbicides are allowed. When property owners have approval from the Watershed committee for their maintenance plan, they will be asked to sign a form agreeing to maintain their piece of greenbelt for a designated time, and recognize that the greenbelt is Ponderosa Community Club property.
  7. No fires may be lit on Greenbelt property.
  8. Dogs must not be allowed to harass wildlife, other neighborhood dogs, or people enjoying the Greenbelt. Dogs must be under control. Dog poop is litter and must be picked up and disposed of properly.
  9. Property owners are not allowed to use the Greenbelt property for their own personal use, such as parking of vehicles, trailers, storage, woodpiles, dumping, construction materials, or commercial activities.
  10. Members are encouraged to have outdoor lighting that is downcast in order to minimize light pollution.
  11. Wildfires are a serious threat in the Ponderosa, as in any forested area, and our goal is to maintain a balance between retaining our beautiful forests and protecting homes and property. As a general rule, our policy is to remove only dead trees and to keep lower, dead branches pruned 6 feet above the ground for trees taller than 18 feet. Homeowners can take actions on their own property such as:
    • Creating a “survivable space” about 30 feet wide around the home.
    • Consider fire resistive building materials (roofing and siding) when remodeling or building in wildfire prone areas.
    • Keep your yard and gutters free of pine needles, leaves or other flammable debris. Remove dead branches or close, overhanging branches from the reach of your roof and 10 feet away from your chimney.
    • Keep stacked wood at least 30 feet from your home or other buildings, and keep vegetation cleared away from the woodpiles.

Outdoor Burning Restriction is in effect June 1st through October 1st.
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  • Burning yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings are prohibited
  • Burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation is prohibited
  • Residents may still have campfires so long as the fire is in an approved pit or area
  • Restricted open flame devices, meaning using devices liable to start a fire in moderate fire hazard areas
  • Portable fireplaces are allowed so long as they’re on noncombustible surfaces and burn only natural wood products
  • Moderate travel restrictions are also in effect, meaning motorists can’t operate vehicles off the roadway
  • Campfires in Compliant pits may be allowed during this time, check for current restrictions
  • Portable Propane Campfires are usually allowed under these restrictions but can still be dangerous depending on conditions
  • During a burn ban, fire danger in increased and burning brush, needles or yard waste is not allowed and will be extinguished

It is Prohibited in Washington State to burn the following materials:

Garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, paper (other than what is necessary to start a fire), cardboard, treated wood, construction/demolition debris, metal, or any substance (other than natural vegetation) that normally releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or obnoxious odors when burned.

Burn Barrels are illegal in Washington State.

Information on recreational fires:

Discharge of Fireworks is prohibited in Chelan County (This includes Snakes and Sparklers). CCC 7.44.

Ponderosa Community Center (Clubhouse)

The Community Center (Clubhouse) belongs to all members and may be reserved by Ponderosa committees or members in good standing (but not for fund-raising events). The Ponderosa Social Committee has reservation privileges, other reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are made through the office. Reserving members or committees are required to sign a reservation form, provide a deposit and are responsible for the clubhouse during the event and cleanup afterwards. The swimming pool is NOT included in any reservation.

Smoking is not allowed in any Ponderosa Community Club owned buildings or vehicle. Smoking may take place outside of a building but not within 25 feet of entrances, exits, or windows that may be opened. This policy applies to Ponderosa Community Club employees, members, guests, outside contractors doing work for the Ponderosa, and all other visitors.

Ponderosa Community Club's Clubhouse
Ponderosa Community Club's Clubhouse

Ponderosa Swimming Pool

The Ponderosa pool is for members/long term renters and their accompanied guests only. This means the pool is not available to vacation rental and short term rental guests. Please see additional pool rules in the members only section and posted at the pool. No Lifeguard on Duty!

Pool Card Application

To gain access to the Ponderosa Community Pool, you need a “Pool Card.” A pool card is available to members in good standing and their accompanied guest. If you are a member in good standing and are in need of a pool card, or you need a replacement, please contact the office.

Ponderosa Playground, Baseball Field, Basketball Court

The playground and ball fields are located in the area adjacent to the Ponderosa Community Center (Club house). In addition to playground equipment, there is a basketball court, baseball field and volleyball net for use by family and accompanied guests of Ponderosa members.

Wenatchee River and Beaches

Behind the Ponderosa Community Center (Clubhouse) is a beach on the Wenatchee river suitable for swimming. Please be aware that the river is usually cold and can run very fast especially in the spring. IT CAN BE DANGEROUS!

Also it is very important that rocks are not moved around for any reason in this area. The Wenatchee is a designated wild river and it is prohibited to change the river in any way.

Fishing – Special Rules for Wenatchee River from mouth upstream to Wenatchee Lake CRC (674). All Species: CLOSED WATERS.

Wenatchee River Beach

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