Port Moody urges residents to be a 'good neighbour' amid park crunch

The city has been wrestling with the fallout of congestion at Belcarra regional park and Buntzen Lake recreational area in neighbouring Anmore, as well as some of its own popular parks like Rocky Point and Old Orchard.

The city of Port Moody is urging visitors to local parks to be considerate ahead of a weekend that’s expected to be sunny and warm.

“Being a good neighbour means showing respect for others and for our natural environment,” said a press release that also encourages everyone to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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The city has been wrestling with the fallout of congestion at Belcarra regional park and Buntzen Lake recreational area in neighbouring Anmore, as well as some of its own popular parks like Rocky Point and Old Orchard.

Earlier in the summer, the city banned parking along Bedwell Bay Road next to Sasamat Lake at Belcarra regional park. It then increased the fine for ignoring the no parking signs to $100 and warns violators will be towed.

To ease some of the pressure on the parks, the city said it still has times available on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. for small family or friend groups to play informally at the grass field at Westhill Park and the turf field at North Shore Community Park. Organized games are not allowed, however.

To keep the parks open and enjoyable for everyone, the city reminds visitors to:

  • occupy bigger spaces with fewer faces to ensure safe physical distancing.
  • follow directional signs posted on some trails like Shoreline and the Bert Flinn loop trails.
  • wash hands frequently with soap and water or sanitizer.
  • alcohol, smoking and open fires are not permitted
  • keep your dog on its leash except in designated off-leash areas
  • dispose of any waste properly
  • don’t post decorations like balloons and streamers at picnic shelters or table
  • consider leaving your car at home when heading to a local park.

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