On May 10, Council approved repaving and modifying the Marina Parking lot and today the Town announced it would open tomorrow, Friday June 11. So on this glorious June day, I thought I would take a look and see if it was ready. But by mid afternoon – not quite. The Parking lot was pot-holed and badly needed re-paving. That’s been done. In addition the traffic flow needed re-arranging “to improve vehicular traffic in the area” and to allow easy separation of pedestrians who walk along the South edge – see the diagram below. On Thursday afternoon a “steam-roller” (do they still call them that?) was still working to finish the asphalt – I can’t see it being ready to open on Friday – despite the Press Release.
The image at right shows the planned work.
The first photo in the gallery below shows the exit to the area. The southern edge is the storage area for small boats, canoes, dragon boats etc. Close enough to the launch beach (adjacent to the launch ramp) for manual handling.
Still required at the end of work on Thursday
- Painting of Parking lot markings – including pedestrian path
- Planter boxes along south edge of exit to separate pedestrians from traffic.
- Maybe some more signs e.g. re pedestrian path
As before, parking fees will be collected with a pay and display machine. Boats with trailers are directed onto the grassed area – although “grass” is a poor description for the bare earth in the centre of the area. Short of laying sod and/or banning traffic for a couple of months, there won’t be any grass there for a while – one of the photos clearly shows this.
With the lift-in last weekend, the Marina has boats but it’s nowhere near full. A second lift-in is not planned this year. The Charter fishing boats are ready but were docked today. The boat launch is available but not yet busy.
From the Centre Pier, I could see that the fenced beach was busy but again, nowhere near full. See photo below.
- Town Public Notice about re-opening of Marina Parking Lot
- Information about Marina here
- Report on May 10 Council meeting when this work was first mentioned. 11 May 2021