Letter: Parking lot closure provides glimpse of what’s to come in Boundary Bay

Editor:

And so it begins. No sooner had Metro Vancouver closed the parking lot at Boundary Bay Regional Park than the parking problems of last summer were again visited on the area.

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Sunday, March 29 was a very nice day, so quite a few people put that social distancing protocol on hold and descended on the area.

There is minimal parking for residents in Boundary Bay anyway, so these people all end up going to the end of 3rd Avenue -- the only road leading into Boundary Bay -- and then spend the next amount of time driving around, looking for parking that essentially does not exist.

There are couple of signs, including one at the junction of 3rd Avenue and 67A Street that states, "No access to Boundary Bay Beach Park," but by the time people see this, it is far too late.

The second sign, at 4th Avenue and Centennial Parkway, is even more superfluous, ambiguous and out of date as it makes reference to parking at "GVRD Regional Park" which only serves to further confuse the already confused.

Both of these fundamentally redundant signs need to be removed and new signs erected before the park entrance and before the new roundabout at Boundary Bay Road and 3rd Avenue, making it clear to all that driving around Boundary Bay looking for parking is a waste of time and resources, not to mention the resultant pollution.

Putting the sign before the roundabout allows these lost souls to simply return back up Boundary Bay Road rather than having to dither around Boundary Bay. Today the problem was minor, come summer, the problem will be major.

Time to step up, Delta council. You were aware of the problem last year, you acknowledged it and applied a couple of Band-Aids. You are aware of it now so do something before summer arrives. And do it before one of these confused and distracted drivers causes an accident.

B. McKenna

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