By Mike Renzella
The Haldimand Press
PORT MAITLAND—Over the course of 2020, Port Maitland Pier and Esplanade Park became a highly popular destination, with visitors coming from far and wide as COVID restrictions limited options available for recreational activities. At a meeting on June 30 of last year, Council directed staff to investigate options to mitigate the high traffic, including controlling access to the property, infrastructure upgrades, and more staff resources. In addition, the prospect of charging a user fee to non-residents was investigated.
As Port Maitland has grown in popularity over the last few years, several issues have become apparent with the site. These include limited parking options, road width, park access for local residents, and congestion on local roads surrounding the area. Local concerns intensified over 2020 as more and more traffic flooded the area, with calls for stricter bylaw enforcement.