This weekend was intended as a test of whether a fence was needed to close the Victoria Park Beach. It’s too early for hot weather but the sun was out and being on the beach was pleasant – at least when I visited around 1:10 pm on Saturday. There were not the hundreds that were reported on an earlier warm weekend and most – but not all – were following the rules. Most groups appeared to be families although one group of young people that I saw were obviously not family. Most were just walking through but some were letting children play in the sand or having a picnic. When I arrived, two officers were leaving – one regular and one auxiliary. They noted that the small number of people were well behaved. Maybe periodic policing is sufficient but I saw no evidence of a by-law officer.
Signage was minimal – see the photos – there is no large sign at the actual beach – e.g. near the Blue Flag sign. Parking was easy with no congestion (and still free) and the number of people on the Beach could easily maintain social distancing although some were doing “beach activities”.
However, it’s hard to know if a cool mid May weekend is a good test of possible hot July weekend crowds.