Don’t charge to enjoy waterfalls
RE: Keep a light touch on waterfall security (June 14)
While I agree that you have to think about people’s safety, as well as the expense that goes with rescuing a person, I can’t help but feel that charging an entrance fee for these beautiful scenic areas is the wrong route to take.
There are so very few places a person can go to enjoy nature, open space and exercise without a cost. Isn’t that our right as a society to be able to go ‘outside’ in the forest for free? It made me sad to think that if you start charging for this, then some families may no longer be able to enjoy these open spaces and time with their families.
The RBG is one place that many in our own backyard can’t afford to visit often, if ever, due to the cost. It is bad enough that you now, or plan to, charge for parking in these areas, but to charge admission? Do you really think that will stop the minority of stupid individuals doing these stupid things?
Please try to find another way so the majority is not punished for the behaviour of the minority. As harsh as it may sound, why not charge the injured person some portion of the rescue attempt? Shouldn’t they shoulder some of the financial burden? What is the point of promoting the ‘beauty of Hamilton’ if you can’t afford to enjoy the beautiful spots! M. Hickey, Hamilton