Merulla pitches Beach Crawl to bolster swimming at Hamilton beaches


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Feb 15, 2004
The Beach Strip
Hamilton Spectator
By Daniel Nolan

June 22, 2016
Where are you Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello when you're needed?

Swimming at the city's beaches might not be an activity high on everyone's summer recreation list because of concerns about pollution. Coun. Sam Merulla, however, wants to correct that perception and — copying what helped rejuvenate James Street North — establish Beach Crawls at Hamilton's five beaches.

"The perception is our bay and lake beaches are polluted and people should not access it because of health reasons," says Merulla. "The vast majority are as clear as the water in Toronto. There's a fear of it, but people go to Toronto and swim at their beaches."

"The goal is really this — increase awareness that 99.9 per cent of our water can be accessed for recreation and swimming."

Beach water-quality test results from the city have led to the closure for swimming this year at the Bayfront Park Beach in the North End off of Bay Street North. The beach has had a history of high levels of bacteria, such as E. coli and/or toxins. There is a threat of illness or infection.

But open for swimming are the Confederation Park Beach, Van Wagner's Beach and the Beach Boulevard beach (both on the Hamilton Beach Strip) and the Pier 4 Park Beach at Bay Street North and Leander Drive in the North End. Water-quality tests were done this past week.
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