By Eugene McMahon, Dundas
Re: Please honour instead of imprisoning Webster’s Falls, Aug. 22.
The conservation authority’s decisions to allow the vegetation bordering the river banks to revert to nature, together with the appalling proliferation of forbidding metallic signage, have together succeeded in restricting visual access to what had originally been a charming vista.
Whatever would the original Webster family have made of these ham-fisted innovations?
Since the publication of this letter to the editor, a very expensive set of black metal railings have now been installed to ensure that no one ventures onto the river’s left bank anywhere near the actual falls.
Incongruously, a lone bench seat now remains stranded within the newly enclosed area. It would further appear that no money — or indeed willpower — remains to finance the repair and restoration of the unique stairway that had led down from the park to the foot of the falls.
In short, what we are left with now is a sanitized park wherein the public are to be protected from themselves. What we have lost is much of the original ethos of the park and what had lent it much of its natural charm.