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Hot Weather + River Activities = Vehicle Congestion And Safety Issues

LETHBRIDGE:  A Sunday afternoon outing proved to be expensive for some locals who illegally parked on the Botterill Bottom Park road near the boat launch.

The hot weather means more people are floating, boating and canoeing down the river.  With that, comes congested parking in an area with minimal space and it's becoming a recurrent safety issue.

On Sunday, more than 50 vehicles were illegally parked along both sides of the Botterill Bottom Park road, in spite of signs clearly indicating parking there is prohibited. The vehicles reduced a two lane roadway to one lane, all the way from the boat launch up to the area where the new bike park is being built. 

According to Regional Police spokesperson Kristen Harding, "The situation made it extremely difficult for motorists to get in and out -- and more concerning,  made it impossible for emergency vehicles to get through".  She went on to say, " We have to be able to get emergency equipment down to the river bottom -- I don't think anyone has forgotten that a young boy drowned a couple weeks ago and that incident is a prime example of the need to be able to get those emergency vehicles through in a timely fashion and not have to navigate a bunch of illegally parked vehicles".

Regional Police are giving "Fair warning" that they intend to step up patrols in Botterill Bottom Park near the boat launch.  Those who continue to illegally park along the road, as those who did on Sunday, can expect a $57 ticket or their vehicle may be towed. 

Anyone using the river valley can park in designated parking lots or other areas where there are no signs posted. This means you may have to drop-off canoes, tubes and other floatation devices at the boat launch, then park in a designated area and walk back to the boat launch.

Posted on Monday, August 08, 2011 at 4/24/2014 3:55:02 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News
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