With more people flocking to parks—especially those located along Mississauga’s waterfront—more complaints about littering, crowding and bonfires have emerged.
In a recent Facebook post, Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras said the city is moving to discourage littering and crowding in some destination green spaces.
“Due to the hot weather and COVID, it is clear that we are dealing with extremely high volumes of people that result in issues such as garbage, parking, social distancing, etc,” Ras wrote.
Ras said that although the city has already added additional waste containers, ramped up waste collection, deployed park ambassadors and amped up parking control, it will make a few more changes going forward.
In her post, Ras said that parks staff are adding additional physical distancing signage throughout the parks, as well as adding some additional waste/recycling containers at the existing waste stations.
Ras also said that additional staff members will be deployed to assist weekend crews. She also wrote that parking enforcement officers will patrol busy areas more frequently when necessary.
Ras also said that corporate security staff will continue to attend sites on a regular basis and into the late evening hours to deter bonfires.
“In addition to the immediate measures above, we are also looking at longer-term options for waste at these larger parks.