Comment 119813

By JasonL (registered) | Posted August 23, 2016 at 08:23:02

had a poor experience Monday while attempting to take our niece for her first ever hike to Dundas Peak. We pulled in to the almost empty lot and were greeted by a friendly staffer who informed us it would cost $35 to park. We said we were just walking to the peak and she was very apologetic in acknowledging that it's a steep price for most folks. We of course, left.

So, we've got publicly owned nature land that has now been hijacked and basically made to be a private nature amenity for the rich folks who built homes across the street and then started whining about everyone from the city visiting the beautiful waterfalls. Yes, 99.9% of us can't afford to build a giant home in rural Flamborough.

Very worrying to see a public institution like the Hamilton Conservation Authority allow this small group of folks to take over a beautiful spot like this for their own use. $35 is nothing for them to pay for a nature walk.
It should be noted, this was a Monday afternoon with 3 other cars in the lot....2 of which I presume were for the 2 staff. Based on the kind and apologetic nature of this staff member, we clearly weren't the first ones to express disappointment at this new structure. City Hall needs to hold the HCA accountable, or threaten to shut off the public money tap they enjoy.

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