Comment 94155

By Missy2013 (registered) - website | Posted November 03, 2013 at 13:23:42

Fred, the capacity of the bridge is easily 7-800 or more. I don't have the actual measurements, but scoping it out last week, while standing at one end, I could barely see the other end. (See photo 2 above). My best guess is 1000, tops. There is really a lot of prime picnicking & sunset viewing 'space'.

As much as I do realize that this is now a fundraising event, (akin to #Race4Hope that's happening today with multiple lane closures, from the escarpment to the lake), the point is it CAN be done if managed and co-ordinated properly.

Personally, rather then see it as an 'exclusive' buy-in private affair at $1000 per head on a random draw, perhaps it could be run as a competition to get 'pledges' for the Ecopark with those who get the most pledges getting a perch on the bridge? It could also be done through schools ...

The greatest draw back, at present, is that as much as Bermingham has hatched this idea, he has not, at present, taken real ownership of it. There is no website, no contact person, no 'other' point man to inquire further. It just remains an inspiring IDEA that's 'out there'.

Granted, there is still time to pull it together, if not for the spring, for the fall of next year. But SOMEONE will have to step up to take it on. Currently, there doesn't seem to be anyone willing to do just that.

Also, small point, the map of the Ecopark posted above (as of 12 noon, Sunday) is not the comprehensive map that shows the ENTIRE development scheme of the Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System. It extends far into Burlington and north of the QEW. It really is a massive development. I would try to post it here, but I'm not quite sure how to do that. ... I've asked the editor to fix it.

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