By Bill Freeman – Trent Hills Independent
Hastings – Hastings residents are showing their resiliency and can-do spirit now that the Lock 18 swing bridge is closed until May. Geographically, Hastings might be split in half but it’s certainly not a divided community as people, groups, activities find ways to keep things as normal as possible in the face of a significant challenge.
“I think everybody’s coming together and that’s a really good thing,” said senior Alice Hall while snapping photos before using the special pedestrian walkway that’s been installed to take people around the site and across the lock.
“Some people might get angry but I feel good about it. It’s about time the bridge got (fixed),” said Hall, who praises the volunteer Hastings Helpers which has been proactive in making sure people with special needs north and south are assisted.
“They’ve been in operation for a while so they know what they’re doing and I believe they will help everybody. We’ll prevail.”
Hall’s happy Parks Canada responded to the demand for brighter lighting at the walkway and hopes the contractor is vigilant in making sure it’s well-maintained over the winter.
“People are making it work,” added Mary Jane Stevenson. “As long as the (walkway) is well-cleared and lit at night people aren’t going to have an issue with it.”