Hamilton partners with port authority to open drawbridge piers for public access – Hamilton Pipa News

Hamilton partners with port authority to open drawbridge piers for public access – Hamilton

The city is working to return public access to Hamilton’s portion of the shipping canal piers at the drawbridge.

Councilors voted to allow staff to negotiate an agreement with the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority after Transport Canada handed over management of the piers to HOPA following a media conference in June.

After next month’s municipal elections, a recommended agreement will return to the new council.

City manager Janette Smith says the goal is year-round access to the pier, except during unsafe conditions.

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“That’s the premise,” Smith said during the General Affairs Committee meeting on Wednesday. “To make them as accessible as possible all year round, with a mechanism about who will call to close the gates if it’s unsafe.”

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Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger added that the city is “positioning us to do maintenance, repair and snow removal so that facilities are open as much as possible.”

Eisenberger acknowledged that there will be times when it will be considered unsafe, such as when there is an abundance of ice in the winter or during summer storms when the waves top the pier.

“In addition, I would hope that we would make it as accessible as possible,” Eisenberger added.

Fences were installed by Transport Canada last fall to close off access, sparking outrage from those using the piers for recreational purposes.

Both Hamilton and Burlington city leaders also feared the restricted access amid tens of millions in municipal investment around regional waterfronts and piers to encourage recreation for residents.

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