Posted by: Bull_Dozer
Posted by: LoamtoHome
I believe it's still there so people can't access Quarry Rock from above. A quick email to DNV would confirm.
I guess that's the one semi logical reason... but even the Quarry Rock closure, yeah it's busy trail for hiking trails, but in the grand scheme of things I'd say that's very low on the covid risk heirarchy. What other hiking trails/outdoor areas are still closed because of Covid? They closed down a lot of that stuff at the beginning of Coivd but then soon realized it made no sense, and 99% of outdoor stuff was reopened but Quarry Rock was like the one exception for some reason. As someone who lives downtown, every single day I am in areas/situations with far more people than you'd ever encounter on Quarry Rock. Walking down the seawall for example, or any sidewalk... and I'm be pretty confident in guessing that there have been next to no seawall related covid transmission over the past year with thousands of people on it every single day. IMO the Quarry Rock/IRR/Deep Cove closures just seem very NIMBY to me.
The issue of density on outdorr trails has me scratching my head...especially when large places like Garibaldi Park were shut down.
The issue with Quarry Rock, isn't just about the volume of people on the trail ( I would argue that it probably sees the highest density of hikers of any downtown or North Shore trail...especially given it's limited width...as well as the crowds that linger at the rock itself), it's about the density of traffic in Deep Cove. Given the amount of traffic seen at Blueridge, Mtn Hwy, and Braemar over last summer's COVID hiking/biking season, I suspect that Deep Cove would be even less prepared to deal with the influx. Add the fact that people go there to kayak, run, linger...and that there is major road work slated for the main drag, and Panorama Park...it's a recipe for conflict even in a non-COVID world. Essentially, it's a giant Cul-de-Sac.