Township explores more parking for Hawk lakes
By Chad Ingram
Published Feb. 28, 2019
The Township of Algonquin Highlands is looking to provide more parking off of Big Hawk Lake Road and Little Hawk Lake Road.
Both roads are dead ends which end at docking facilities where water-access cottagers park to access their properties. While the township maintains parking lots in both areas, during the summer months, both roadways become lined with parked vehicles. According to a report from public works director Adam Thorn, during the 2018 Labour Day weekend, between the two locations there were approximately 350 vehicles parked along the road.
“It seems to be increasing yearly,” Thorn told councillors during a Feb. 21 meeting.
Neither lake is at development capacity and Thorn has been looking into options for increased parking space.
At Little Hawk, the relocation of a privy from the parking lot when it is replaced would provide a bit more space and in addition, the County of Haliburton may widen the road bed, which would allow for six to eight vehicles to parked along the roadway.
A more long-term solution, however, may involve land owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Thorn will contact the ministry regarding the potential purchase or property use agreement for a nearly two-acre parcel of land owned by the ministry, which would be developed into a parking lot.
At Big Hawk, the plan would be to develop 1.5 to two acres of township owned land abutting the roadway into additional parking. A vegetative buffer would be retained between the road and the new lot.
“I’m not hearing anything negative, so I guess we’ll look forward to that coming back,” said Mayor Carol Moffatt.
Thorn will bring further reports back to council.