Originally Posted by Tropics
Ehh, it could not be actual waterfront, that would be exceedingly dangerous for swimming, add alot of liability to the city once a kid gets caught up in a current and goes over the weir. Not to mention any sand on the shore of a river like the Bow will be gone in about 10 minutes from the time they put it down ... I would skip a beach, it is not the right place for it at all.
While I agree that a beach there would not work - it's not because of the current or wier. That part of the Bow has some of the lightest current in the city as the river is quite shallow there. Also, given that Harvey passage is done, I think it might even be fun to float from there to the old weir location!!
As for the river removing the sand, if you visit the section by the bridge out of the parking lot, there is an eddy bay that holds fine silt quite well, though not a place I would like to swim.
All that said, the Bow is not a beach river, unless it is like Sugar beach (Toronto) which I think would be better located downtown - perhaps by the PB??
Anyway, glad to see this progressing. I'm spending alot of time in this area along the river running this year and look forward to watching the improvement as Riverwalk is so far a massive hit.