A Tale of 2 Docks

It has now been a decade since the Hespeler Village River Activation Plan was completed by the Toronto based consultants EDA Collaborative Inc. for the City of Cambridge The plan did have its flaws particularly in Little Riverside Park in Hespeler where the consultants suggested moving the boat deck 300 metres away from the parking lot instead of staying next to the parking lot where it is currently located.

It also suggested moving an existing path 10 metres toward the speed river!

It is old news now how the $10 million dollars allocated to Hespeler was moved south to Galt, thus infuriating those of us north of Hwy #401.

Fast forward to today and a graphic example of how the Activation Plan has been ignored is on display on Spring Street next to Little Riverside Park.

The deliverance-style, dilapidated, dock at the end of the parking lot is unsafe for canoe launching, and even standing on the dock to fish is not at all safe.

Interestingly, last week the Covert Affairs TV show was taping across the Mill Pond from the doomed dock. In two days they built a beautiful dock. Unfortunately it had to be removed after the taping. So the question needs to be asked: If it takes 2 days to build a new dock, why does the City of Cambridge continue to ignore implementing the River Activation Plan, including building a new dock at the parking lot on Spring Street?

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