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Open House kicks off Waterfront Master Plan

June 11, 2014 -

The City will hold the first Open House to initiate the Waterfront Master Plan on June 25. The introductory Open House kicks off a two-year public consultation process aimed at engaging all sectors of the Kingston community to create a long-term framework for the development of Kingston's 280km of waterfront. 

"Kingstonians love and want to use our beautiful waterfront – and have participated heavily in recent consultations for plans to revitalize Lake Ontario Park, Breakwater Park, Grass Creek Park and Doug Fluhrer Park. We look forward to incorporating their ideas into the Waterfront Master Plan," says Neal Unsworth, Manager, Parks Development.

The Open House is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25 in the Press Lounge at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St.

The Waterfront Master Plan will guide the short and long-term renewal of waterfront spaces and will focus on:

  • increasing public access to waterfront lands,
  • improving connectivity along the waterfront, and
  • physical improvements to places and spaces within these lands.

Kingston's waterfront has a diverse mix of shoreline types along main waterways, including: Lake Ontario, the Cataraqui River, Colonel By Lake, the Rideau Waterway/Canal and the St. Lawrence River. The Master Plan will recommend and detail opportunities to create a completely connected waterfront within the city's urban area. Planning for the rural waterfront areas will focus on identifying and developing accessible, but not necessarily connected, nodes.

The City has engaged the services of thinc design to lead a team of consultants in preparing the Waterfront Master Plan. The consulting team will be supported by the Waterfront Master Plan Working Group – a 15-member advisory group including City Councillors, technical agencies and committees and members of the community.

Beginning in September, the community will be invited to participate through a series of public meetings, workshops, surveys, roundtable discussions, and interviews.

For more information, please see www.CityofKingston.ca/Waterfront

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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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.

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