The City of Winkler has taken a step to address an on-going concern on the parking lot of the Winkler Centennial Library. The lot is also shared with the Bethel Heritage Park.
Over the last couple of years, the city has heard numerous complaints from the library regarding concerns of safety as people have been using it to turn around or speed thorough. "It's not what it's intended for," said Winkler Mayor Martin Harder. "It's a parking lot, and it's not intended to be used as a loitering location either." Harder says the lot is there for those using the park and library.
Barricades have now been put in place to ensure the parking lot, which can be accessed from Main Street and Sixth Street, is no longer used as a place to drive through. "We say you can have access on the right side, or you can have access on the left side, but not going to go through anymore," said Harder. "We're trying to avoid a tragedy, and hopefully it's for the safety of all concerned."
The barricade will be in place 24-7, however can be removed if the need would arise.