City aims to keep beaches and parks safe with increased patrols, enforcement of rules

The City is beefing up enforcement of Barrie parks and beaches with the aim of keeping them safe for users, with preferential treatment for residents.
In addition to increased patrols by bylaw officers and additional signage to communicate beach rules, non-resident waterfront parking rates have increaseed to $10 per hour (daily maximum of $50). Dock Road Park and The Gables parking lots, as well as the surrounding streets at Wilkins Park, will remain as resident-only parking areas.
The City has also put the following measures in place at Wilkins Park and Tyndale Beach:
• Enforcement Services staff will be ticketing at Wilkins Park and Tyndale Beach for any infractions. No verbal warnings will be given.
• BBQs are banned at Wilkins Park (this is a pilot for the rest of 2020).
• BBQs are NOT permitted on any City beaches (the sandy area between the grass and the water).
• A staff beach clean-up crew will be added to the City’s Operations department, with specific concentration on Wilkins Park and Tyndale Beach areas.
In addition, Barrie has Parks Ambassadors who travel along the City’s waterfront to promote the community, provide directions and answer general questions, as well as offer education and awareness related to City by-laws. 
The City also reminds residents visiting public spaces this summer to:
• If garbage cans are full, please take your garbage with you.
• Some of our beach locations do not have washrooms. Please plan your stay accordingly and do not use the treed area as a washroom—doing so will contaminate our beaches and may cause them to close.
• Stay home if feeling sick or unwell.
• If physical distancing is not possible due to crowds, please come back another time.
• Dogs are not permitted on beaches, must be leashed at all times in City parks, and please pick up after your pets.
If you have concerns with how someone is using a public beach or outdoor space, please call the Enforcement Line 705-739-4241 or email enforcement.services@barrie.ca. A Municipal Law Enforcement Officer will investigate the complaint to ensure compliance and may lay charges when appropriate.
The City asks that everyone respects each other, our neighbourhoods and our outdoor spaces. 

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