Bay Beach Plans
The Friends of Crystal Beach (FOCB) has taken a great interest in Bay Beach since the Town purchased this valuable land in 2001. Caring about Bay Beach is consistent with our mission which includes enhancing public beaches and parks in Crystal Beach and supporting the beautification of public property for the enjoyment of the community.
The Bay Beach Master Plan was approved by Council in January 2016 and $850,000 was allocated for improvements based on the recommendations of The Planning Partnership (the consulting firm hired in 2015 to work with the community to develop a sound plan). It is anticipated that the Region will provide another $850,000 as part of their Lakefront Enhancement Strategy program. The final design and construction plan will be completed this year for a new washroom facility, festival/picnic area, open air pavilion, beach terrace, children’s playground, and beautiful public park with improved accessibility to the beach.
Work on Bay Beach will begin in 2016 and continue through the end of 2017. We understand that the parking fee for the public lots near the beach will be raised to $10/day this spring, and the deteriorated foundation walls will be removed from the beach at the end of the summer (before the Fowler Toads hibernate). Also, the northeast parking lot is being rezoned so it can be sold to a developer to build townhouses, a small hotel, or an apartment building (maximum height 3-4 storeys). Construction of the new washroom facility, shorewall, and renovated Lobster House will start in the late fall and continue through the winter. In the spring of 2017, the park’s landscaping and walkways will be completed as well as the sidewalks and other improvements along Erie Road. Also, a pilot program to charge a beach admission fee for non-residents will be conducted in 2017.
Friends of Crystal Beach members are very happy that most of the Bay Beach Lands will remain public for future generations to enjoy. We will continue to work with other members of the Crystal Beach community and encourage the Town to enhance this treasured parkland.