Bracebridge to Temporarily Close Municipal Beaches After Reported Vandalism

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As temperatures warm and snow begins to melt, the Town of Bracebridge is advising local residents and visitors to the community to be cautious around municipal beaches for hazardous objects.

Town staff and the OPP have been alerted to vandalism at Kirby’s Beach Park and Bracebridge Bay Park upon discovery of broken glass, sewing needles, sharps and fishing hooks in the shallow waters along the beachfronts.

Public Works staff are taking measures to ensure that these two beaches are safe. As a precautionary measure Kirby’s Beach Park and Bracebridge Bay Park beach areas have been signed and closed to public access until the beaches have been cleared of deleterious material over the next few days. All other municipal beaches are being checked for vandalism as well.

The public is advised to treat a discarded needle as if it was contaminated. If you find a discarded needle, cover or mark the location of the needle with an object and contact the OPP Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122. Adults should ensure children understand they should never pick up needles. If children should find a discarded needle, they should notify an adult immediately.

For any signs of hazardous items or vandalism within Town parks, please contact the Public Works Department at 705-645-5264.

The Town is apologizing for the inconvenience and thanking residents for their cooperation.

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