Waterfalls must be made safe
RE: Hamilton’s waterfalls
The rebranding of Hamilton from “Steel City” to the “City of Waterfalls” has worked.
We have people coming from everywhere to see the beauty of our waterfalls.
Sadly, those who are coming to our city to experience these beautiful works of nature just aren’t aware of their danger.
I also find it sad that we have used our waterfalls to draw others here, but now we are slapping up unsightly temporary fencing and no-trespassing signs. It’s like saying, “Come here. Go away.” at the same time.
As a Hamilton kid who hiked in and around those falls decades ago, I have learned first hand a great respect for the danger they pose. Something does need to be done for safety. Perhaps we need to invest in safe, enviro-friendly, planned, guided hiking tours in clearly marked trails that help others learn about our escarpment, respect for the danger they pose, and update observation platforms that allow for safe enjoyment and photography.
Our waterfalls really are beautiful, deserve to be preserved, and safely enjoyed. Has anyone looked into a tourism business partner to get this done so we all benefit?
There will always be those who break the rules, but branding our city to get people to come see the falls, then prevent them from doing so, sets us up for failure.
We didn’t see this coming, but now we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to make enjoying our waterfalls safe for tourism.
Will it cost money? Yes, but Band-Aid solutions that people are already ignoring are not the answer, even in the short term.
Please encourage your councillors, who budgeted for the rebranding of the city, to use similar funds to address what we did not see coming.
I don’t think any Hamiltonian wants us to be known for the “City of Falls.” Kimberly McKibbon, Hamilton