Lakeview Park in Oshawa is getting closer to opening until midnight

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Oshawa’s Lakeview Park might end up being open until midnight after all.

Councilor Brian Nicholson attempted to bring forward a motion at the last city council meeting to extend the park’s hours of operation, but it did not receive the support needed to add it to the agenda.

More than 100 people had sent letters to the council, asking them to extend the hours.

The motion was then presented at the city’s community services committee meeting on Monday.

The committee adopted it unanimously, which means that it recommends keeping the park open until midnight.

The motion also requires staff to report on the impacts of the change in late spring and early summer 2022.

The Council will now take a decision at its next meeting on December 13.

Currently, Lakeview Park closes at dusk in winter, which is 6 p.m.

Nicholson has previously said that the current park hours regulations were changed over a decade ago after a series of attacks on parks, but he is convinced that now is the right time to change the hours now that the city has security patrols in Lakeview Park.

Meanwhile, council also recently decided to make Lakeview Park an all-season park with improved maintenance, which would include snow removal.

File photo courtesy of Colin Williamson

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