2021 Boating Season - CLOSING DATE - October 27, 2021
NOTICE - September 7, 2021
I hope that you’re enjoying the 2021 boating season and we hope that September will be the best boating weather that we’ve seen this year.
I do want to caution all of you, especially the new boaters to LaSalle, that September can be windy and cause some problems. The new break wall has exceeded our expectations for protection but please, don’t let your guard down as we approach the fall. Wind can still do a lot of damage to boats. Make sure that your boat is well tied with plenty of lines. If you’re new to boating, believe me, don’t take this for granted. We have seen a lot of damage in the past because people just didn’t understand the forces that can be at work in open water. Enclosures are also vulnerable in high winds so keep a close watch for wind conditions and act accordingly, as in, take them down. And last, do not be an absent boater. You need to check on your boat at least weekly.
LAST DAY OCT 17TH
I also want to remind you, that the last day for boats in the marina is October 17th. Having reminded you now, there will be no excuse for boats being in past that date. We are very firm on this and will charge you $200 per day past that date. Any boat left in past Oct. 17th will be locked up until these fees are paid. So, get them out in time. And, bad weather at the end will not be an excuse.
All the best,
NOTICE - July 26, 2021
Safety on the water is something that none of us should take for granted.
We have been looking for ways to give our customers some form of safe boating guidance and up to date weather information. I think this one goes a long way to fulfilling that goal. There are many weather apps that boaters can access and today we send you another one. It’s fairly new and it offers up to date weather information for boaters that just could save your life.
This came to me through the “Boating Industry” newsletter and I’m passing it on for the benefit of our marina people.
The app, is provided by The Canadian Safe Boating Council and is called “Weather to Boat”. You can download it through your app store and it’s free.
You can also visit their website at www.weathertoboat.ca for a huge array of videos and information on all kinds of boating subjects. They have done a great job with these so check them out. You’re sure to benefit.
Boating is a great sport and tons of fun but don’t take it for granted. The danger potential is serious.
Safe boating everyone
NOTICE - July 15, 2021
We are pleased to welcome our new summer student, Zachary, to the Marina.
LPMA Policy regarding, Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Jan 2019/July 2021
The Board of Directors of the LaSalle Park Marina Association is committed to the protection of all members, employees, contractors and volunteer workers authorized by the Board to provide services, against accident and injury, as well as protection from acts of harassment, including sexual harassment and or violence, and discrimination of any kind.
To this end, the Board maintains a strict “Zero Tolerance” policy to any acts of workplace harassment, sexual harassment and or violence and will immediately notify the Police to pursue such matters under the Canada Criminal Code.
Our facility is a public marina operated by the LaSalle Park Marina Association, a “not for profit” group, through a Licence and Operating Agreement with the City of Burlington. Our policy is to welcome all people.
Workplace issues of any kind are discussed at our monthly Board meetings as needed.
We are a small organization and we utilize a 2 person hiring committee. Both persons, one female, one male, are retired, long term managing employees of large corporations and are well schooled in equal opportunity in the workplace as well as workplace harassment protection for all.
Our hiring practice is simple, hire the best candidate for the job. Our past hires are divided almost equally of male and female, as well as a diverse group of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Our volunteer group is also made up of both male and female participants. Our mostly retired volunteer people who are parents as well, always enjoy working with our summer workers and mentor them to the benefit of both parties.
Our commitment goes deeper. As an example; LPMA is proud to host in our facility “Able Sail” which is part of a national organization that offers sailing experiences for disabled or disadvantaged people young and old. Their mission statement is; “ to promote the independence and well being of people with disabilities by supporting the development and delivery of accessible sailing programs across Canada”. It is staffed by volunteers who make it possible for these folks to enjoy the sport of sailing. These participants enjoy days on the water learning and practicing their sailing skills, sometimes on their own, other times assisted by staff. They even participate in national competitions where they can showcase their skills.
The marina is wheelchair accessible.
In 2013, LPMA was awarded the City of Burlington’s “ Community Accessibility Committee BUILD Environment” award for it’s support of disabled people in the community.
During the time of employment and involvement, all members, employees and volunteers of our organization are provided in detail, of our strict workplace harassment and discrimination policies. They are mandated to follow them and are encouraged to help us to improve and enforce them.
Notice - July 10, 2021
We are pleased to announce that our BBQ dock is now open. Please note due current COVID restrictions the BBQ’s will not be available. Basic COVID rules are still in effect.
Notice - May 19, 2021
Marina will open on May 27, 2021 - BS&BC will be launching boats on the 27th (rain date 28th), therefore, LaSalle Park Road will be blocked off at Oaklands Park Ct. for traffic. If you are arriving by water, you may dock at your slip on the 27 th. The City’s public launch ramp will open for the season on June 1, 2021. Strict Covid protocols will be in place.”
Notice to Members and Associates of LaSalle Park Marina, May 6, 2021
Anyone parking their boat trailer at the LaSalle Park Community Marina will now be required to pay a trailer parking fee. Trailers parked in the upper parking lot will also need parking payment. The parking spaces for boat trailers are longer than other parking spaces. There are 14 parking spaces in the parking lot at the pier and five in the grassed area along the main parking lot at LaSalle Park.
List below is information on the fee:
- Fees will be required from dawn to dusk, seven days a week starting Saturday, May 22, 2021 (the opening may be delayed due to Provincial regulations)
- Trailer parking payments are required seven days a week, including holidays
- It is a daily flat rate of $20
- Users can scan the QR Code or download the HonkMobile app. There is a transaction fee of $0.35 for each payment
- Dashboard tickets are not required as every payment is linked with a trailer license plate number
- Residents and visitors can use the HonkMobile app to search, pay for, and top-up parking payments directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer
- For more information about parking at LaSalle Park Community Marina or elsewhere, visit burlington.ca/parking
For more information on the fee, included below is a link to the calendar of City meetings. Staff presented a report (RCC-02-21) at the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee Meeting on April 8, 2021.
CITY OF BURLINGTON, Recreation, Community and Culture Department
Notice to Members and Associates of LaSalle Park Marina, May 1, 2021
The Marina will open when the Ontario Lockdown order is ended, or modified, to allow operation.
The Marina board is unanimous in this decision.
It is felt that the effort to control marina access before the end of lockdown is beyond our ability. We do not have paid staff for dock control or the ability to restrict entry of other craft if any boats are in the Marina.
We will be fully assembled by May 20, the end of the present Government restrictions. Then, unless the lockdown is extended, we will re-open.
Lorn Newton, Board Chairman
APRIL 7, 2021 NOTICE
20 foot Docks
We have many people who ask about the 20 ft docks and want to know if they can put a boat in that is 20’4” or such.
The answer, is a NO. The 20 ft docks were created for mostly fishing type boats but many others are attracted to them because the price is very reasonable. But we won’t allow boats that are over 20 ft in that area.
Our pricing is by boat size, not by dock size. And, sizing is LOA, which means “Length Overall”. This is quite literate. If your boat is over the “slot” size, ie up to 20 ft, up to 25 ft etc. it must go into the next size. This often includes a boat that is 19 ft, but the outboard on the back brings it to 20’ 10 inches overall. This can sometimes include a sailboat rudder, a swim platform, a bowsprit or even an anchor holder that protrudes 10 inches or so at the bow. If it’s over 20 ft overall, it has to go to the next size.
The docks are 20 ft long so it’s easy to monitor. Please measure carefully. If you bring a boat into that area that is over 20’, you will have to move to the next size dock and pay the extra. And, note, that we don’t issue refunds.
APRIL 5, 2021 NOTICE
Electrical Power at LaSalle Park Marina
A note to all new patrons to LaSalle. LaSalle has many good things to offer, a beautiful setting, some amazing nature trails and wildlife etc. The one thing that we do lack is; abundant electrical power.
LaSalle has electrical power, but it is “shared”. As the years go by, we find, that boats come equipped with more and more electrical items on board. If you are considering LaSalle as your boating home for the summer, be aware that there is ‘shared” power. That means that you can not assume that your boat will be plugged in, all of the time. The rule has always been, when at the Marina and “on board your boat” you are welcome to plug in. Please be respectful of your immediate neighbour's power requirements and be prepared to share. When you leave, we ask that you unplug. As well, we do not allow high power drawing electrical appliances, air conditioners etc. We do have plans to upgrade the power system in the future.
This arrangement is not a problem for many people, but there are others, who need constant power for the boat. If you are one of those, perhaps this is not the place for you. Thank you.
MARCH 10, 2021 NOTICE
If you have sent your forms and money in already, very likely we have received it. I won’t send your return forms to you until I have the boat stickers and they are taking a long time this year. So please be patient. If you are worried about if we got it, drop me an email and I will confirm. As well, thanks to all those who are making the email system and etransfers work very well.
We do NOT, hold any slip for a person until the fees are paid.
Also, remember that all paperwork has to be complete and in our hands before your boat goes into the marina. There are many people from previous years who need to show an updated insurance policy for two million 3rd person liability. Keep that in mind. Thanks
A note to those who have been with us for years or to those who were with us in 2019 , the last year we had boats in the water. You have until April 1st for me to have your forms in hand or you will lose your slip. If you’re not worried about that, no problem. Just a fair warning. We have to know who is with us in order to plan for the new season. Thank you.
FEBRUARY 24, 2021 NOTICE
Hi Everyone and welcome to the 2021 Boating Season. There is a major factor for this year, one that we’ve been living with, Covid-19. We have included a whole page to this that will be included.
Besides the new Break Wall, there are several other new things for 2021. Please take careful note as they are important.
Insurance minimum requirements change; Beginning this year, you will be required to have and provide proof of insurance that includes 2 MILLION DOLLARS 3RD PARTY LIABILITY, on all boats in the marina.
New renewal forms The new renewal forms will be one page as opposed to our old duplicate copy system. Please read and fill it out completely, then you MUST, SIGN BOTH SIDES and return it. Remember, even if you pay by E transfer, you Must return both the paperwork and proof of insurance this year. Please send your completed forms back by mail, and we will send you a return receipt along with your 2021 sticker. If they are not completed properly, you will be required to come into the office to do so before your boat is in the marina.
Stickers, you will receive a new sticker to put on your boat to prove validation. Please place it on the windshield for power boats or on the side of the mast that will be facing the main walkway so that we can easily see it. Thank you.
No Frills; We are pleased to announce that this year, this area of the marina will have the same season as the rest, mid May until about Thanksgiving. All else in no frills remains the same. You will see this category under boats up to 20 feet.
Communication; we ask that you ensure that your email address is legible and up to date as this is our main method to communicate with you. As well, our BULLETIN BOARD is our secondary method and you should check that board on a regular basis. There are always important items that you need to be aware of and if you don’t monitor these two, you may not know about them. A Reminder, COVID-19 rules will be posted and updated. We expect you to read them and observe them. They will be posted on our website, the bulletin board and the marina office.
Safety Items; If you choose to make use of any electricity in the marina, you MUST use a proper MARINE GRADE shore power cord. Regular or home made electrical cords are not allowed. We continue to see “plugged in” electrical cords, in the water. This poses “ENORMOUS DANGER” to all of us. We will unplug any such cords the first time. If it happens again, we will take the cord to the office. and you will not be allowed to use the electrical system after that. If need be, you will be expelled from the marina. We have to be tough on this as it could easily kill some innocent person or even yourself. This is no joke. As well, you should always purchase and use an inline GFI for those boats that do not have such protection on board.
Marina Occupancy; in order to bring your boat into the marina you mustfirst; make out the paperwork, provide proof of insurance, and provide payment for the duration of your stay. THIS MUST BE DONE, “BEFORE” you put your boat in the marina. If you do not have these in place, you are “TRESPASSING” and will be penalized.
All boats will be assigned to a specific dock. You are not allowed to change that spot unless and until you have been re-assigned by the manager. If you must dock in an emergency, you must use the very outer docks, the highest number docks, and only for a brief time. This again needs to be coordinated through the manager. In the event being caught out in a storm and you are looking to dock, the pier is perhaps a safer option until; the storm passes.
High water levels continue to be a reality in the Great Lakes. We have been very fortunate that our floating dock system has allowed us relatively little negative impact so far. Changing water levels can in some cases, cause dock angles to change and everyone in the marina needs to be aware of this ongoing potential for danger. Anyone using this marina, needs to understand that there are various risks involved. Each person who enters the marina, does so at their own risk.
Thank you so much for choosing LaSalle to dock your boat and welcome to the new season. We appreciate having you with us.
Covid-19 Alert and Precautions - February 24, 2021
It’s nice to be thinking of marina and boating once again. It’s been a long time. I expect that all of us are excited to get back to warm weather and fun times on the water. As nice as that is to look forward to, we’venever had to deal with a pandemic like this before. This year, it surely won’t be business as usual.
When we open, we expect that Covid-19 will still be a big factor in our lives. That will require us as a business, to take precautions, as the government and the health professionals recommend to stop the spread. What those precautions will be, are yet to be determined. We can’t project where we will be in April, May, June etc. But it’s safe to say, that at least in the beginning of the year, and perhaps much longer, there will be mandatory precautions required. Ontario is a mixed bag of Covid “colours” as I write this. Whatever those precautions are, we will need all marina users to abide by them. We risk being fined and or closed down like any other business if we don’t adhere to the rules.
Up to date rules will be posted on our website as well as on the marina bulletin board and office. You are expected to keep up with any changes that may happen as we go through the season.
Any and all marina users will be required to sign this form indicating that they understand, and will abide by, all of the posted rules. That goes for any and all people with you in the Marina and at your boat whether they be family or friends. You will be responsible that they abide by these rules as well. Any user found to be violating these rules will be restricted for a period of time, the entire season or have their membership with LPMA terminated. This is serious stuff, life threatening. We can’t take it lightly.
It is understood that the above precautions will be in place for the entire 2021 season at LaSalle. No marina patron or user will be allowed in the marina until this document is signed and in the hands of the marina manager.
Thank you for your understanding and your patience. Stay Safe.
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