Staff suggest increased signage, parking enforcement at Beaverton Harbour

Map of Harbour Park Crescent

The recommended “no parking area” has been marked in yellow on this aerial image of Harbour Park Crescent.

In a report to the Protections to Persons and Property Committee of Brock Township, municipal staff have suggested creating a “no parking area” and increasing signage to help with apparent parking challenges at the Beaverton Harbour. ​

“The Beaverton Harbour area has become an attractive tourist destination not only for the upgraded amenities but also as a venue in which to launch vessels. While parking is available on the west side of the fairgrounds, Harbour Park Crescent is frequently used for the parking of vehicles with trailers,” reads a report from Township CAO/Clerk Thom Gettinby, submitted Monday (Sept. 25).

“The parking of these vehicles on the road severely limits traffic movements and can pose a danger to pedestrian traffic accessing the harbour and playground.”

According to Gettinby, the only means of enforcement under the Traffic Bylaw currently is a three-hour limit requiring additional staff to ensure compliance. To address the parking issue, staff have submitted two suggestions to the Committee. 

The first suggestion is prohibiting the parking of vehicles or trailers on Harbour Park Crescent beyond the lower parking lot, noting it’s easier to enforce a “no parking area” than a time limit. 

“Second, staff would suggest that signage be erected to clearly direct those with trailers that parking is available within the upper parking lot at the west end of the fairgrounds,” reads Gettinby’s report.

“Signage is proposed on those portions of Harbour Park Crescent beyond the parking lot, the lower parking lot, and on Simcoe Street in front of the entrance to the upper parking lot. In addition, signage within the upper parking lot could be placed to indicate the arena parking lot as an overflow area.”

Gettinby concludes that the two suggestions could help discourage the parking of trailers and make enforcement of the bylaw easier.