When the report on the Waterfront eventually gets released, it will no doubt include something about Cobourg’s natural West Beach. Let’s hope it recommends that it’s mostly left alone. Popular with residents and little known by visitors, it has recently had three benches added to the boardwalk. For several years, the Cobourg Beach Society was a volunteer organization that tried to get some action on extending the boardwalk the full length of the beach (all the way to Cobourg Creek) but two years ago it folded. It did have some left-over funds and it worked with the Town to use those to pay for building the benches. The Town used its own staff and wood salvaged from trees that had been cut down in Cobourg for whatever reason. The result is a very welcome addition.
The extensions were added to the boardwalk last Spring, the benches built over the last 2 years and then installed last week. Bob Cairns, past President of the Cobourg Beach Society provided information on their involvement. A plaque acknowledging their contribution is mounted on the seat back – nicely inset so it won’t irritate the backs of anyone using the benches.
The photo at right is of four ladies who are regular “walkers” on the boardwalk and who said that the benches were a great idea. The photos below give some idea of what the West Beach and the boardwalk is like.
For anyone who wants to avoid the crowds, this would be a good place to come and walk or just relax.