A recent visit to the Parks Canada Historic Canal Site pretty well sums up what’s been going on down there for several years. Basically, nothing. At least for a portion of the park and canal area.
Saultonline.com was tipped off about a sign posted near the area of the swing bridge and road leading to the end of the pier. There, the sign posted as a disclaimer warns people of the “natural hazards” and the risk of injury resulting in death. Not very welcoming to say the least. Then again, that’s the point and at this point we can’t even confirm who posted the sign in the first place.
A representative at Parks Canada told Saultonline.com that the sign in question is being addressed and that it has been up for about four years, but wasn’t sure. Nor was the employee confident in stating who posted the sign. “It doesn’t appear to be one that we would post.”
Saultonline.com placed a call with the communications officer with Parks Canada to see if she could shed some light into the sign and why it was posted. The call has not be returned as of yet.
Meanwhile, the park does look like it has been neglected over the years. Some of that Conservative Infrastructure money could have gone a long way to improve the appearance of the park. A concern of city council over the years, the less than welcoming esthetics of the canal area, for a city that touts tourism as a big part of its economic engine the canal area is anything but a tourist destination. The once beautiful park and canal area used by many over the years has now become a danger if entered.
Surely, there’s an explanation of why the park has been allowed to decay and what is the end game for this area now that plans for the former St. Mary’s Paper site seem to be moving along? We await the answers.