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City seeks input on proposed update to Special Events Policy

December 7, 2018 -

The City of Kingston is reviewing its Special Events Policy with the aim of more equitably distributing events in Kingston. It is asking residents to weigh in on which Kingston parks and facilities are suitable for holding special events – and on how the City can better support event organizers to thrive in Kingston.

"Events have a cultural and economic value to Kingston, so we want to ensure organizers and visitors have a positive experience. This consultation is about developing criteria for appropriate special event locations, and providing venue options and supports for organizers," says Nancy Ruel, supervisor, special events.

Get Involved! Go to GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca/Special-Events to:

  • Offer feedback through an online discussion forum. New topics will be posted Fridays, Dec. 7-21;
  • Register to take part in focus group discussions that will be held January 2019; and
  • Sign up to receive project updates.

Input from the online discussion forum, and additional stakeholder consultations to be held early in the new year, will be reflected in a staff report to the arts, recreation and community policies committee in early 2019.

The policy review is prompted by a motion from Council in response to concerns received from residents about the loss of park usage due to the number of special events booked.

Learn more and read the motion at: www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/special-events-policy.