During the past year or so, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) and Council have come up with plans for Cobourg’s Beach. Covid-19 meant that crowding was a problem so access to the beach was limited and it was even closed for a while. At the next meeting of the PRAC on April 5, the agenda includes a spreadsheet that lists the “recommendations (provided) for council’s consideration”. Many of the recommendations have been implemented – but not all, or if they have, they have not been made public. The agenda item has Teresa Behan’s name on it – she is Manager of Recreation and Waterfront Operations. The “recommendations” cover Communications, Amenities, Bylaws and enforcement, Events, Safety, Parking and more. You can download the full spreadsheet below but I will summarize since the list is long.
The spreadsheet lists 29 items with recommended actions and the outcome of these. Below is a report on significant “outcomes”.
Summary of Beach changes
- Improved signs to explain parking, by-laws and fines
- Improved Town web page to do the same. Plus promote on demand transit for people to get to the beach, e.g. park at the mall and use the bus to get dropped off at the beach.
- Distribute Leaflets to nearby residences to explain parking changes
- Expand washroom capacity using Canteen building and ensure enough Porta-potties are available for major events (like Waterfront Festival and Sandcastle Festival) and busy weekends.
- Provide changing facilities using Canteen Building
- Improve Garbage collection at Beach and Victoria Park
- More Bylaw officers in area. Specifically from May to October 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week, including holidays.
- Install water bottle filling stations in Victoria Park building and Marina building – happening by 1 July 2022.
- The fine for most infractions, such as disruptive noise, littering, dogs on the beach, smoking in parks and the use of barbecues, is currently $105.00 – looking at increasing fines to $250.00
- Add “no Cannabis Smoking on Beach” to anti-smoking bylaw.
- Noise bylaw will be reviewed in 2023. Special events to ensure notice is given to the neighbours.
- Economic Development department to review the economic impact of major events. Economic Development Manager is currently being hired.
- Because of overloading, consider moving Sandcastle Festival from long weekend.
- Major changes to Beach Parking have now been implemented – see report in Resources below.
- Economic Development department and the events committee to review permitting Pop-up businesses. Food truck RFP has gone out (canteen has closed).
- Add signs and increase by-law enforcement on West Beach.
The list is long and comprehensive and it appears that the PRAC has done a lot of good work reflective of what most people in the Town are thinking. It also looks like Council and Staff are working on implementing most of the recommendations.
Full document from Teresa
Cobourg News Blog Reports
- Little Public Interest in Parking Changes – full details of Parking changes 7 Feb 2022
- By-Laws are being enforced on Cobourg Beach – 11 August 2021
- Managing Crowds at Cobourg’s Beaches – 11 July 2021
Cobourg Internet Information Pages
Agenda for PRAC