|Some people have access to the water|
|1970s apartments on the water|
Closer to the harbour we have gained access at Selkirk, via the trestle and in the Railyards, but they remain the exceptions. Of course there is also Banfield park, but there could be so much more.
We have about a dozen streets that end in cul de sacs at the water but we have little or no access to the water at these locations. I did a quick drive and looked at a few spots today.
|Looking at water from the end|
|Harriet as seen from Arm Street|
|Some of the blackberries|
at Harriet Road
It would not take much to make a path down to the water on which you could carry a canoe or kayak to the water. I would also offer another location you could swim in the Gorge.
Arm Street Park
|This is the empty field on the cul de sac|
|Path to the water|
There is an empty lawn/field at the end of the cul de sac. All the site does at the moment is require mowing by the City.
|Arm Street Wharf|
The park even has a path you could wheel a canoe down on.
Decosta Place and Burlieth Crescent
|End of Decosta - this is a park|
|Burlieth Crescent Park|
If there the local governments are going to the trouble of making these parks, put a few dollars into them and make them useful. Both of them could be made to have decent water access for the public
|Aaron Point in Gorge Park|
Few people know that Aaron point is part of the park.
In the past this was a major gathering point for people in the whole region and was the main swimming location
There is a nice little park at the end of Washington, but it has not access to the water even though it borders the Gorge for 140 metres. This park should be connected to the Galloping Goose and would only need a 150 metre trail to do that.
|End of Washington Street, Selkirk is across the water|
Nearby there is the Gorge Road hospital, there is no attempt by the hospital to make access to the water available to the public. There is 175 metres of waterfront at the hospital
100 years ago the Gorge Waterway as the heart of the city, it should be so again in the future