Why the gated park­ing lot at Sher­man Falls?

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Wa­ter­fall safety

The other morn­ing I went to see Sher­man Falls. These days, park­ing is pro­hib­ited on the ad­ja­cent road and vis­i­tors are di­rected to a nearby park­ing lot. Good idea.

What is not a good idea is that the lot in ques­tion is gated, closed at night, and — judg­ing from my ex­pe­ri­ence — not opened early in the morn­ing. I hap­pened to be there at 7:30 a.m. and could find nowhere to park — any­where. In the end I used a park­ing area at Can­ter­bury Hills and walked back, which I’m sure I was not sup­posed to do. And then I met a lo­cal res­i­dent who said that she has known the lot at the falls to be closed at 9 a.m., even on a weekend.

That is ir­re­spon­si­ble. The falls are a ma­jor at­trac­tion. If the city and the con­ser­va­tion au­thor­ity want vis­i­tors to re­spect park­ing reg­u­la­tions they should keep their side of the bar­gain. Ei­ther they should leave the gates open 24/7, or open them in a timely man­ner. Richard Harris, Hamil­ton

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