Make wa­ter­fall ar­eas safe

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Wa­ter­fall safety

It seems clear from re­cent ar­ti­cles that peo­ple vis­it­ing Al­bion Falls will ig­nore what­ever fences are erected to pre­vent hik­ing in that area. From my per­spec­tive, there seem to be two so­lu­tions to this prob­lem.

We could con­tinue build­ing fences, and at­tempt to keep peo­ple safe by keep­ing peo­ple out. Al­ter­na­tively, we could keep peo­ple safe by mak­ing the area safe to en­joy. Con­struct­ing ad­di­tional stair­cases, and per­haps some low stone walls around dan­ger­ous drop-offs would hope­fully pre­vent the types of se­ri­ous in­juries re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced in the area.

Al­bion Falls is a very beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral area, and seal­ing it off com­pletely seems like overkill. I’m sure peo­ple would be less in­clined to use dan­ger­ous al­ter­na­tive path­ways if safe paths were es­tab­lished and/or ex­tended. Sure, this sounds ex­pen­sive, but so do all these rope res­cues. Ni­cholas Moore, Hamil­ton

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