Motion to investigate closing Wilkins Park beach due to environmental damage to be considered by general committee

Ward 10 councillor Mike McCann says the recommendation is based on the beach’s designation, as it is zoned environmentally protected, and that the zoning doesn’t allow for active recreation.  Councillor-Mike

A motion to investigate closing Wilkins Park beach due to environmental damage will be considered by general committee on Monday.
If approved by committee and subsequently council, staff will review the process and implications of closing the beach, and report back by March of next year.
Ward 10 councillor Mike McCann says the recommendation is based on the beach’s designation, as it is zoned environmentally protected, and that the zoning doesn’t allow for active recreation.  
“The creek is a cold water fishery.  What is happening is overuse is killing some of the vegetation and impacting the creek.  All of this then impacts the overall health of the area,” he told City Scene.  
“And when we had a big rain storm last weekend, there was a bigger impact because there wasn’t the vegetation in place to protect the soil from erosion.  The City needs to assess and then decide whether this environmentally sensitive area should be used as a beach the way it is now.”
Committee will also consider bylaw changes required to make the ban on tents and BBQ at City beaches and parks permanent.
Further, if approved by committee, staff will investigate updating the Waterfront Strategic Plan (2015) to address emerging trends, and the impact of growth on safe and appropriate access to City beaches, public spaces and parks along the waterfront, and report back.
The report is to include a summary of COVID-19 impacts on beaches and waterfront access.

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