The gate to the parking lot at Paradise Beach will be closed this summer.
That’s a real shame, yet understandable given the MVA had to find ways to pare its budget after receiving $440,000 less in provincial funding this year.
My family spent quite a few enjoyable afternoons at Paradise Beach back in the day when our boys were growing up. We knew swimming in the river was dangerous, but there were always little channels where the water moved slowly and it was no more than thigh high. We didn’t consider ourselves bad parents.
It wasn’t the beach you get at a four-star in Mexico, but it was a fun place to spend a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday. There were times when we took a picnic lunch and times when a hot dog vendor would set up shop in the parking lot.
People could walk for long distances if they wanted to be alone. These people were likely seeking the privacy to tan their privates. Remember to use sunscreen, people.
Only once did we see a person who should have been arrested for indecent exposure. A wrinkly old guy walked along the edge of the water in the family area, wearing nothing but a hat.
Tanning in the nude off in the distance is fine by me, but this guy should have been locked up. And clearly, he had no reason to be particularly proud. None of us wanted to hold him, if you get the drift, while waiting for the police.
Once on a warm fall day, Sandy and I went for a walk on the beach. We thought we were alone. (Note: This isn’t going where you might be thinking.) As we were approaching a small cluster of bushes, out popped a guy in all his glory. He startled us, but at least we could tell he didn’t have a weapon.
But I digress. I got my hackles up last week when I saw a report on television about the gate to the parking lot closing because of MVA cutbacks.
In the television interview, Judy Harwood, the reeve of Corman Park, said as many as 1,500 people go to the beach on hot days. That sounds high, but what the heck. She said she has concerns about safety at the beach this summer.
Harwood rightfully said a locked gate to the parking lot will make it tougher for emergency vehicles to access the beach.
Harwood went on to say the locked gate is going to force people to park on the road leading to the beach. She said those parking illegally could be ticketed.
It bugs me that parking-ticket revenue could pour into Corman Park’s coffers as the result of the MVA’s tough decision. Now that I think about it, it also bugs me that Corman Park doesn’t contribute to the MVA.
For safety’s sake and the enjoyment of thousands, let’s talk this through and find a way to keep the gate open.
When you get to Page 15, you will see how our 55+ section is taking off. We seem to have struck a chord with readers and advertisers. Ned’s story on Art Battiste was earmarked for 55+ until we stole it and put it on the cover.
Good for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for promptly giving Justin Cox the boot for an alleged domestic abuse incident in Regina. Cox has been charged twice previously in the U.S. Good riddance.
And nice that Fox News succumbed to the pressure from advertisers and fired serial harasser Bill O’Reilly. Some say O’Reilly will laugh all the way to the bank with his multi, multi-million dollar severance. But he can’t buy respect.