Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward recently announced that Beachway Park will be closing earlier beginning this Saturday evening in an effort to prevent another large gathering.
This comes as a result of an incident that occurred last Saturday at the park, where approximately 1,000 individuals congregated both at the beach and in surrounding parking lots.
“We have been made aware of efforts to organize a similar gathering this coming weekend and want to ensure the public is aware that the City of Burlington, including bylaw, roads and parks staff, is working in partnership with Burlington Fire and the Halton Regional Police to prevent this type of activity from recurring,” said Meed Ward in a statement.
“In an effort to deter activity that will put health and safety at risk, we will be closing access to Beachway Park, including adjacent parking lots, beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening and limiting vehicle and pedestrian access on that area of Lakeshore Road.”
Along with the early closure, Meed Ward said there will be an increased presence of police, bylaw officers and Burlington Fire personnel throughout all city parks over the weekend in order to help keep the community safe.
Residents are reminded that outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people only will be permitted by the Province of Ontario as of Friday, June 11.
“Please use our parks as intended, safely and responsibly, so that everyone can continue to enjoy this valued outdoor space in these challenging times,” concluded Meed Ward.