Port Hope, ON – May 31, 2017 – The Municipality of Port Hope continues to monitor the record high water levels in Lake Ontario. The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority continues to consult with the Municipality and its residents with respect to potential erosion and shoreline flooding.
As a result of the current water levels and wave actions in Lake Ontario, and taking into consideration public safety, the municipally owned and operated marina, located at the bottom of Mill Street South will not be opening on June 1, 2017 as previously planned. The marina and boat launch will remain closed until further notice. Should water levels recede as projected, it is anticipated that the marina will be available in early July.
Residents and visitors are also reminded that the following recreational areas remain closed for public use and access.
1. Lake Street from behind the Sewage Treatment Plant leading to Gage’s Creek is closed to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians are strongly encouraged to stay away from the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
2. The waterfront trail from the Lake Street parking lot to Gage’s Creek.
3. The gravel parking area and boardwalk on the east side of the Ganaraska River along Mill Street.
4. The gravel parking area on the west side of the Ganaraska River in proximity to the Keith Richan Walkway.
5. The walking trail on the east side of the Ganaraska River from the Fish Cleaning Station to Robertson Street.
Residents are reminded that gaining access to these closed public spaces is in contravention of by-Law 41/2014 being a By-Law to Regulate, Protect and Govern the use of Parks, Recreation Areas and Parks Facilities. Residents are strongly encouraged to comply until such time as deemed safe for public use.
Due to the high amounts of rainfall throughout April and May, some low lying areas where grass is typically cut by Parks and Public Works staff are not accessible with grass cutting equipment and cannot be maintained at this time. Staff will endeavor to maintain these areas as soon as practical. These areas include some parks, boulevards and some road allowances.
Residents are also reminded to stay clear of all river and waterfront embankments. Significant erosion and sink holes have formed causing potential risk to safety. Water temperatures remain at a temperature where prolonged exposure can develop into hypothermia.
Damage to the waterfront trail is extensive. Repairs will be completed in a timely fashion but not until such time as the waters recede to near normal levels. Further communications will be forthcoming and the Municipality requests and appreciates the public’s patience and understanding.
For further information, please contact;
J. McCormack, Director
Parks, Recreation and Culture
905.885-8760 Ext. 4107