That's a shame, if true, since its exactly what we face here in Hangzhou with their restrictions on the use of personal watercraft, scale or otherwise, on West Lake & every other body of water in the city.
I remember reading a recent article on the renovation of the Reflecting Pool that mentioned model yacht sailing but who knows in today's climate. NPR did a story last month on the reopening & Bob Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall seemed to downplay any hope when it comes to ice skating or other public use of the pond aside from looking at it.
Yes, there's a history of doing that too. And we don't allow that anymore but we have lots of historic photos of it through the ages and, you know, people with a wooden boats, model boats, out on it, too.