Comment 119810

By JasonL (registered) | Posted August 18, 2016 at 18:35:09

Good public policy and planning requires that we focus on access and equity first

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is exactly what we've done in Hamilton. In fact, almost the entirety of our waterfront public lands both along this beach trail and West Harbour are open and accessible to everyone. We spent a day last week BBQ'ing at this exact spot in Confederation Park and absolutely love it there. We also noticed the cultural differences among families from other nations in their communal eating/picnicking together compared with many of us born here in Canada. It was mostly visible minorities when we've been there too.

But as was mentioned, there are only 2 private eateries along this entire 8km stretch. I would love to see more opportunities to sit at a cafe patio or restaurant patio overlooking the lake.
With our massive swaths of public parkland already established here and along the West Harbour, I think we've got a great opportunity to add some 'consumption' amenities in order to more easily draw everyone to these beautiful spots, not just those who enjoy grass and picnics. I personally enjoy both and hope to see a better balance established in the years ahead as we add some tasteful commercial space to these waterfronts.

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