People wishing to visit the Kingston, Ontario waterfront late at night will soon face a $200 penalty after certain unauthorized gatherings in the area.
Gord Edgar Downie Pier and Breakwater Park Beach will be closed to the public every evening from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday, September 7, until the morning of Sunday, September 10.
The city says the decision to close the park comes after several nuisances in the university district, including one on the pier on the evening of Sunday, September 3.
The city says large unauthorized gatherings in this area pose major safety risks, especially at night, requiring the park and pier to be closed.
Following the decision, Kingston Police and Law Enforcement Services along with CCTV will be monitoring and patrolling the park and surrounding area during this time.
Under the new rules, the city makes it a violation to enter or use a park during restricted hours.
Fences and signage are being installed to prevent nighttime access to Gord Edgar Downie Pier and Breakwater Park Beach, but daytime access is still available through openings in the fence, says the staff.
“The closure underscores the importance of all members of the community behaving in a safe and responsible manner and allows police and law enforcement to respond proactively to potential disruptions,” staff said in a statement. communicated.
The city warns that residents who attempt to access Gord Edgar Downie Pier and Breakwater Park Beach during the closed time, even alone, may face an administrative monetary penalty of $200.
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