Why the gated parking lot at Sherman Falls?
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