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Traffic and Parking Arrangements for Point Pleasant Park Opening
(Friday, March 26, 2004)-- Special arrangements have been made to assist traffic flow in the areas around Point Pleasant Park during a special two-day opening this weekend These temporary restrictions are designed to help prevent congestion and grid lock near the Park.
No Parking / Tow Away Zones have been set on the north side of Point Pleasant Drive and the east side of Tower Road, running north from Point Pleasant Drive. In addition, Point Pleasant Drive east of Young Avenue will be closed to all but local residents. The public is reminded that there is no access to the park from Terminal Road on the Halifax waterfront.
"With the Park's two parking lots unavailable for vehicles during this special opening, we ask people for patience and understanding as they look for on-street parking when they come to visit on Saturday or Sunday," Peter Bigelow, HRM's Manager of Real Property Planning said.
The Park will be open from 8 am to 3 pm both days. During the opening, people will be able to access the Park from gates located at the Tower Road parking lot and by the lower parking lot at the end of Point Pleasant Drive.
Inside the Park, visitors will be restricted to the main roads only. For safety purposes, all trails and off road areas will be off-limits as clean-up work is not yet complete. In addition, for the safety of pets and humans alike, dogs will not be permitted in the park during this temporary opening. Bicycles will also not be permitted in the Park for these two days.
"Wet weather expected for Saturday, and normal spring conditions mean that the Park's roads will be wet and muddy this weekend. Visitors should be prepared for those conditions and wear appropriate footwear," Mr. Bigelow said.
In addition to viewing the Park, residents will have the opportunity to donate to the restoration of Point Pleasant. The Stone Lodge, on Point Pleasant Drive at the end of Young Avenue, will be staffed to accept donations of cash, cheques, debit card transfers and credit card donations.
All donations will be held in trust for the soon to be established Point Pleasant Park Foundation. The Foundation's money will be directed exclusively to the ongoing restoration of Point Pleasant Park. All donations of $10 or greater are eligible for a receipt for income tax purposes. Since Hurricane Juan hit last September, unsolicited donations of more than $385,000 have been received.
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Manager, HRM Real Property Planning