City Council approves new modifications to City park operations
Burlington City Council has approved modifications to the City's park operations, which include removing the fencing at Beachway Park.
The special meeting was held on Tuesday, June3, and covered things such as fencing, bathroom facilities, and how to safety enjoy the spaces.
Starting next week, temporary washroom facilities will be installed at Spencer Smith Park, Beachway Park and Burloak Park.
Additionally, portable toilets and handwashing stations will be installed at Beachway Park, dependent on availability.
Further, park visitors are reminded to adhere to public health practices and provincial directives, including:
- Maintaining 2 metre physical distance from anyone you don't live with
- Gathering in groups of 5 or fewer
- Staying home if you feel sick
- Washing and sanitizing hands before and after visiting the area.
Moreover, City Council has approved the hiring of students and temporary staff to assist with general parks maintenance, which may include grooming the beach and enhanced cleaning of washrooms.
"City staff installed the fence to allow time to make the beach safe for residents, conduct water testing, and avoid the crowding we saw in this area. Council and I have voted to remove the fence, now that this work is nearing completion, including grooming the beach for use and installing additional signage. Washrooms will also be installed in place of the ones closed due to the pavilion construction," Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said in a news release.
"I'm asking residents and our visitors to the beach to be respectful of each other, keep 6 ft. from anyone not in your household, and limit your stay so we can have a flow through and more people can enjoy our amenities. We are trusting you to be reasonable and respectful. We know the beach is a cherished spot in our community, and its use contributes to the well-being of everyone who uses it," she continued.