Weekend wharf closure an oversight

If you’ve been stymied lately as you’ve attempted to go for a weekend walk on the wharf at Marine Park,  that roadblock has now been lifted.

Rob Hein, the city’s manager of roads and parks, said the wharf gate was unintentionally left closed on  Sundays from early December to late January.

“When we went onto winter shift, nobody was working Sundays,” he said, noting it was a glitch that wasn’t realized until complaints were registered recently.

“That’s where we didn’t twig to it,” he said of the lack of complaints. “Now we have someone on call to make sure the wharf gets opened in the morning….”

That move has meant a cost to the city, however.

With no one on shift at that time, someone must be brought in on overtime to open and close the gate on weekends. Hein said there had been a couple of glitches on Saturdays as well, when crews didn’t remember to open the gate in the morning.

“The intention is to keep it open but we have stumbled a couple of times.”

Earlier in the winter, crews began closing the gate to the wharf at nightfall and opening it in the morning because of problems with vandalism, Hein says, noting that the intention remains to keep it open to the public seven days per week during daylight hours.


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