- January 27, 2013 - 11:13
The diversion on the roadway, Brake said that was done for public safety because of accidents due to motorists speeding down the hill and close calls for walkers. Mr Brake the diversion is for the up hill traffic and not the down hill that still flows just as fast. To enter the bldgs. atop Signal Hill I can understand the cost of paying but I sure hope I do not pay just to look at the view or use the trails. I sit atop of Signal Hill at least once a week.
- January 29, 2013 - 19:59
Clearly the neglect of Signal Hill is due to mismanagement by Brake, and cutbacks by the feds, and Brake is also the manager of Terra Nova National Park, that park is as equally neglected, its falling down around their ears. Time for them to get their act together!
- January 26, 2013 - 16:55
I agree that Parks Canada has done a pathetic job at maintaining the storyboards, but as a natural space I don't see why the complaint about not mowing the grass... This ain't a plastic bungalow in Mount Pearl - there is no need to create an artificial lawn around everything. Also, the diversion in the road was not done for pedestrians - as a jogger who climbs the hill regularly, I can tell you that it was much safer when the path was straight. Now you are forced to cross traffic that is rerouted to the visitor's centre. You've spent a lot of money in order to create a more dangerous intersection, where there was no problem before. As for the Johnson Foundation, I appreciate the interest and support for developing trails and tourism in the city, but please hire some professionals! You don't need to bulldoze the landscape and install fake attractions. The trails around the Geo Center were much nicer before you started "investing" in them. Parks Canada has certainly made these changes in attempt to impose fees and raise money off of a natural resource. Paul Johnson has done some great work as a philanthropist - yet a true philanthropist would know when to turn over planning to experts, and when to recognize that supporting a cause does not mean you need to put your name on it in giant letters everywhere. People who give out of caring - and not out of a need for self-promotion - often refuse to have their names written there at all. Paul - you don't own Signal Hill either, regardless of your financial success.
- January 26, 2013 - 13:14
"As for the diversion on the roadway, Brake said that was done for public safety because of accidents due to motorists speeding down the hill". What nonsense - the diversion diverts traffic going UP the hill. Traffic going down still has the same straight run it always has. Clearly Parks put the diversion there for other reasons.
- January 26, 2013 - 10:52
Paul Johnson is crowing about his Geo Park. What he's done to the natural terrain is disgusting. A fish flake sticking up out of the gravel? The worst kind of tourist trash imaginable. 8 ft wide roadways covered in crushed stone? So the tourists won't get their feet wet. it's God awful. Al least Signal Hill feels like you're in a natural environment. He says we walked these trails for hundreds of years. Right. And they certainly never looked like the artificial eyesore he's put there to bring people into his geo centre. Where does the money go that he collects for that. Mind your business Paul and keep your hands of the rest of Signal Hill. Frank Barry constant park user
- January 26, 2013 - 10:30
They need more money to pay government pensions. The grounds and trails will not be improved! It's a crying shame that every citizen is responsible for hefty government pensions. Government maintained and guaranteed pensions are the main culprit of increases for most basic services. We see it at Parks Canada and we also see it at Marine Atlantic!!
- Skeptical Cynic
- January 26, 2013 - 08:45
If Parks Canada is going to let the Signal Hill Historic Site crumble with neglect then I say hand stewardship over to the JFF. We allowed decision-makers in Ottawa stewardship over our cod stocks and look how that turned out.
- January 26, 2013 - 07:56
Parks Canada is simply a micocosm of the ferderal government in general. As much as it does not maintain Signal Hill or Gros Morne hiking trails (take a safety check of those, Bill Brake!), or any other of the boring, basic services it was mandated to, it is endlessly looking for more money and pursuing completely unneeded ideas to enhance a few bureacrats' corner office aspirations. LIke so many other departments, like the CBC or Canada Post, its continued bloated existence is now its entire purpose. So they're looking for higher fees again....ho hum.