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Celebrate Canada Day at Grass Creek & Confederation Parks

June 23, 2014 -

Municipal offices closed Tuesday, transit to run on Sunday service

Kingston's Canada Day celebrations are scheduled for Confederation Park and Grass Creek Park on Tuesday, July 1.

"Kingstonians look forward to celebrating Canada Day every year by joining the parade, taking the family to Grass Creek Park and taking in the fireworks display in front of City Hall," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "Plan a picnic at a city park, go for a walk on your favorite trail, or cool off at one of the city's splash pads. However you choose to spend your Canada Day I hope you take advantage of all that our great City has to offer!"

Kingston Fire & Rescue encourages residents to enjoy the Canada Day public fireworks from Confederation Park – and reminds residents that, while fun to light and watch, fireworks can also be dangerous. Those who choose to use them should follow the safety guidelines at: www.CityofKingston.ca/fire.

(A list of Canada Day Tuesday closures follows, below.)

Here's what is going on Canada Day:

  • Red & White Parade: Anyone wearing Canadian red and white is welcome to join this parade which departs from the Metro parking lot (at Barrie and Princess Streets) at 11:30 a.m. and runs down Princess Street toward City Hall. 

Confederation Park

Directly across from City Hall, 216 Ontario St., Confederation Park will host downtown Canada Day festivities on Tuesday and offer live music all afternoon. Plan to enjoy:

  • Limestone Mile: Races start at 9 a.m.
  • Civic Ceremony and Mayor's Awards: At 12 p.m. on the steps of City Hall Mayor Mark Gerretsen will preside over a civic ceremony to mark Canada Day and will congratulate the winners of the First Capital Distinguished Citizen, Honourable Achievement Awards and the Mayor's Award for Youth Volunteerism winners.
  • It's free to get in to the Pump House Steam Museum on Canada Day. It's open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fireworks: The show starts at 10 p.m. Confederation Basin offers the best view.

Grass Creek Park

Grass Creek Park, 2993 Highway 2 East, is offering free music, face-painting, air castles, games, beach volleyball and lots of other fun for kids from 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. Bring a swimsuit to try the sandy beach or compete in the sand castle competition. Bring your refillable water bottle and fill up for FREE all day at the Utilities Kingston water buggy.

Plan to also take in these opportunities:

Bring a lawn chair and a sunhat to enjoy Grass Creek Park's family-oriented live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,  including:

  • 11 a.m., Zero Gravity Circus
  • 12 p.m., Sonshine and Broccoli
  • 1 p.m., Dr. Kaboom
  • 2 p.m., Adam Knapp and Kickback
  • 3 p.m., Rob Driscoll
  • 4 p.m., Junkyard Symphony
  • 5:15 p.m., Rueben deGroot

At 6 p.m. festivities wrap-up with a Canada Day Ceremony – and cutting of the cake. 

Check out the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum at the entrance to the park. It's open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free on Canada Day.


Canada Day Closures (Tuesday)

Garbage, Green Bin and recycling:  No collection on Tuesday and collection moves to the day after your normal pick-up day for the rest of the week.  Sign-up to be reminded what to put out when at www.CityofKingston.ca/collection

Kingston Transit: All buses will run on a Sunday schedule on Tuesday – except for Route 18, which will operate on a Sunday service until 9:10 p.m., finishing at St. Lawrence College. Plan your bus trip using the Trip Planner at www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner.

Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Tuesday. Call 613-542-2512 for information.

Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed Tuesday.

Administrative Offices: All administrative offices, including Community and Family Services, Housing, provincial offences and Utilities Kingston are closed Tuesday. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell or a water main break, call Utilities Kingston (24-hours) at 613-546-1181.

Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed Tuesday. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage or a water main break, call the Utilities Kingston 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. Hydro One electricity customers in the city's west and east ends should call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999.

Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Closed Tuesday.

SCOTT Aqua Park: Open.

Splash Pads and Wading Pools: Splash Pads and wading pools are open on Tuesday.  McBurney and Victoria Park wading pools open for the season on July 1. 

INVISTA Centre: Closed Tuesday.

INVISTA Centre Fitness & Wellness Centre: Closed Tuesday.

CaraCo Home Field: Closed Tuesday.

Arenas: Closed Tuesday.

Wally Elmer Neighbourhood Centre: Closed Tuesday.

Libraries: All branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library will be closed Tuesday.

Portsmouth Olympic Harbour: The fuel dock is open. The building is closed. 

Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed Tuesday.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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