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Offer input on emerging vision for former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

March 3, 2017 -

Offer your input on the emerging vision for the former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (POH): Complete the online survey at by Friday, March 17.

The emerging vision was developed following a series of consultations in 2016 and was the subject of the design sessions and public open house at the February workshop facilitated by The Planning Partnership, the consulting team hired by Canada Lands Company and the City of Kingston.

The online survey offers an opportunity for you to respond to the emerging vision. Participants are being asked to offer input on a number of elements proposed for the site, including:

  • Continuous public access to and along the water's edge
  • A portion of the old penitentiary – and its walls – to be preserved to celebrate heritage and promote tourism
  • Repurposed penitentiary buildings for other uses such as office, event space, accommodation
  • Areas for low-rise residential
  • Areas for mid-rise residential
  • Mixed use buildings along King Street to accommodate shops and services
  • Open space for recreation and events at POH
  • A new community hub to replace the marina building at POH
  • A new facility for search and rescue operations
  • New and reorganized docks for the marina

The feedback from the survey will be used to help create a recommended vision for this historic waterfront area.

Find out more about the City of Kingston and Canada Lands project to create a vision for the future of the former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour at

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