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City breaks ground at Breakwater Park

June 22, 2017 -

The City of Kingston is breaking ground on renovations to Breakwater Park a year early! Join Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, Sophie Kiwala, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, and Mayor Bryan Paterson, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28 at Breakwater Park to celebrate the beginning of the renovations to the park.

"The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will preserve and develop our community infrastructure so that Canadians and their families can enjoy moments of culture, sport, recreation and leisure for years to come. I am proud to see our community benefit from this program, and I look forward to visiting the new and improved Breakwater Park!" said MP Gerretsen.

"I'm so pleased that renovations to Breakwater Park are beginning a year early! This is a wonderful park located on Kingston's beautiful waterfront," said Mayor Paterson. "I'm excited to see this iconic park revitalized so that residents and families can continue to enjoy this space long into the future!"

Up to $1 million in financial support through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) has made it possible to move up the work on the project. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation generously provided a $500,000 donation to Swim Drink Fish Canada to also support renovations that will include: a new park promenade, a pedestrian bridge, pier upgrades, steps and seating, shoreline works – including a beach area, landscaping, tree planting and accessibility improvements.

"We are proud to be a part of this effort to restore Breakwater Park as a swimmable, drinkable, fishable destination on the Kingston waterfront," said Mark Mattson, president of Swim Drink Fish Canada. "The generous contribution from W. Garfield Weston Foundation sends a signal to other municipalities that these types of investments in recreational waterfront development not only should happen, but that the partners exist to make sure they can happen."

The design for the renovations was developed through extensive public consultation and supports the objectives of the City's Waterfront Master Plan by improving connectivity and access to the lake along Kingston's waterfront.

On June 20, 2017 Council approved the renaming of the former Public Utilities Commission dock as the Gord Edgar Downie Pier in recognition of his involvements in stewardship of Lake Ontario. Recognition of the renaming will coincide with the official re-opening of Breakwater Park once the current project has been completed.

The revitalization of Breakwater Park is one of more than 730 CIP 150 projects approved in southern Ontario. Total funding of up to $88.8 million is being delivered across the region by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

For more on the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program: www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_02195.html

For more on the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario: www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/home

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

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