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As cherry blossom season hits its peak, High Park in Toronto has announced that it will be imposing vehicle restrictions starting Thursday to accommodate the surge of visitors. This move is aimed at protecting the park’s natural beauty and preventing traffic congestion during the peak bloom period.

The restrictions will apply to all motor vehicles, including bicycles, and will be in effect from April 28 to May 9. During this time, visitors are encouraged to use public transit, ride-sharing services, or walk to the park. Access for emergency vehicles, maintenance crews, and people with disabilities will still be allowed.

The cherry blossoms in High Park are a popular attraction, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The delicate pink and white blooms are a sight to behold and mark the arrival of spring in the city. However, the high volume of visitors can put a strain on the park’s resources and damage the delicate ecosystem.

Park officials are urging visitors to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing, while enjoying the cherry blossoms. They also remind visitors to be respectful of the park’s rules and regulations and to leave no trace.

While the vehicle restrictions may pose some inconvenience for visitors, they are an important step in preserving the natural beauty of High Park and ensuring that everyone can enjoy the cherry blossom season safely and responsibly.