Updated parking signs and lot enhancements to be implemented at Bronte Beach and Tannery Park
Oakville, June 23, 2021 – for immediate releaseThe Town of Oakville is making improvements to waterfront parks this summer to help address parking concerns and enhance the experience of visitors. “Last year, visitation to our parks, particularly the ones along the waterfront, increased significantly due to the pandemic, resulting in our staff responding to a number of issues, including illegal parking, parking after park closure and overflow parking into neighbourhood areas,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Parking management and control measures are being implemented this summer to help manage park usage and ensure all visitors can enjoy our parks safely.” Signs at Bronte Beach and Tannery Park will be updated to inform visitors that parks will close at 10 p.m. daily (with exceptions, such as walking through the park) and that parking will be prohibited when the park is closed. The town will also post parking restrictions and regulations, clearly stating overnight parking, as well as inoperable, unlicensed and commercial vehicles are prohibited. Visitors will be reminded to review all posted signs before leaving their vehicle to avoid being ticketed or towed. Other improvements include:
- better defining parking spaces and areas, including gravel lots to show where visitors can and cannot park;
- creating a temporary public parking area at Bronte Marina; and
- installing more bike racks, particularly at the popular waterfront parks, and encouraging residents to consider taking transit, cycling, walking or rollerblading to popular parks.
“We are anticipating another busy summer and these measures are among a number of ways the town is supporting a safe summer at our parks,” said Jim Barry, Director of Municipal Enforcement Services. “We have temporary special provision areas near popular parks to ensure traffic can continue to move, dedicated enforcement officers patrolling all our parks and 15 park ambassadors providing visitors information on safe use of amenities and alerting officers or police if there are safety concerns that need immediate response.” For more details, read the Waterfront Parks Parking Improvements staff report (item 9 on the June 21, 2021 Council Addendum).-30-
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