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Learn about the planned conversion of the McBurney Park wading pool to a splash pad

December 11, 2018 -

The City is planning to convert the existing wading pool in McBurney Park to a splash pad. The project will also include upgrades to make the washroom building accessible.

The project will be introduced at two informal drop-in information sessions at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St:

  • Monday, Dec. 17 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., and
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Staff plans to use the footprint of the existing wading pool for the new splash pad, and will conduct archaeological studies before beginning construction. 

McBurney Park sits on the former Upper Burial Ground. It was Kingston's primary cemetery until 1850 when Cataraqui Cemetery was established. It is estimated that up to 10,000 people were buried on the property prior to 1864. The City has conducted two major studies in McBurney Park in the past 15 years: an archeological study ahead of road work on Alma, Balaclava and Ordnance streets and another as part of the McBurney Park Tree Replacement Program.

Public engagement will continue in 2019. Construction is subject to budget approval, and is anticipated to begin in 2020.

For accessibility feedback related to the proposed improvements please contact Patrica Sharpe at psharpe@cityofkingston.ca (in accordance with Ontario Regulation 191/11)

Learn more at www.CityofKingston.ca/Projects.