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Great Cataraqui River public session launches next phase of Waterfront Master Plan consultation

December 4, 2014 -

Come out and discuss recreational uses on the waterfront of the Great Cataraqui River area and offer input on this area of the City of Kingston's Waterfront Master Plan. This public session is one of several consultations to take place in upcoming months and is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18 in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

The Great Cataraqui River, Focus Area 1, public session will look at the waterfront stretching from the La Salle Causeway north to Kingston Mills Locks. 

Points of interest in the area include connections, pathways and trails, Douglas Fluhrer Park, Molly Brant Point, Emma Martin Park, Belle Park Fairways, the eastern wooded shoreline of the River and the Kingston Mills Locks area. Participants will learn about existing conditions in the area, view conceptual plans and be asked to offer suggestions on features, improvements and access improvements to the waterfront.

"If you have ideas on the Waterfront Master Plan, particularly relating to the Great Cataraqui River, please come out to the session.  We want to hear from you," says Neal Unsworth, Manager, Parks Development.  He notes that an initial public consultation on this project was held in June 2014.

This next phase of public consultation will take place over the coming months and consists of several meetings, each focused on a different area of Kingston's waterfront. Organized by Focus Area, the consolidated Waterfront  Master Plan is expected to be ready for city-wide public review in June 2015.

Watch for upcoming public sessions on these focus areas (date listed where confirmed):

  • Focus Area 2: Rural areas on Rideau Canal, Colonel By Lake, Loughborough and Collins Lake and St. Lawrence River (East of Treasure Island). This session is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan.  26, 2015 at the Gore Road Fire Hall (Highway 15 and Gore Road)
  • Focus Area 3: Lake Ontario West (Collins Bay to Lake Ontario Park) in February 2015
  • Focus Area 4: Lake Ontario Central (Lake Ontario Park to Simcoe Street) in March 2015
  • Focus Area 5: Lake Ontario Central (Simcoe Street to La Salle Causeway) in April 2015
  • Focus Area 6: St. Lawrence River (near Fort Henry to Treasure Island) in May 2015

For more on the Waterfront Master Plan, see: www.CityofKingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/waterfront-master-plan

The Waterfront Master Plan proposes to guide improvements to infrastructure and access on Kingston's extensive waterfront for all Kingstonians and visitors. This project supports all four pillars of the Sustainable Kingston Plan, the plan to make Kingston Canada's most sustainable city: environmental responsibility, economic health, cultural vitality and social equity.

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The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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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.