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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Goderich Looks To Update Beachfront Boardwalk

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Town officials say boardwalk no longer meets accessibility standards.

The future of one of Goderich's most recognizable beachfront features could be limited.

Town Council Monday voted to examine accessibility to the town's three beaches, which could include replacing at least some of the boardwalk.

During a special meeting to discuss the Waterfront Master Plan, it was noted that higher water levels along the lakeshore are pushing back sand and inundating parts of the wooden feature.

Chief Administrative Officer Larry McCabe tells The Beach News that improving or replacing the boardwalk is among the plan's main priorities for 2018.

He says it would be a big-ticket item, whichever way Council decides.

McCabe points out that the boardwalk was constructed over 25 years ago, and that it doesn't meet provincial accessibility standards.

He says the boardwalk has also become a victim of everyday wear and tear over the past quarter-century.

Councillor Trevor Bazinet agrees, saying that the boardwalk's day is past.

Councillor Michele Hansen suggests a path for walking and cycling would be a more permanent alternative.

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