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Public invited to review plans for Shannon Park and Rideau Heights Community Centre

December 3, 2014 -

The City of Kingston invites residents in the Rideau Heights area – particularly, older adults, families with children and others who use Shannon Park and the Wally Elmer Centre – to come enjoy some seasonal refreshments and offer feedback on designs to improve Shannon Park and build the Rideau Heights Community Centre.

The public information session to review the designs is set for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the gym at Rideau Heights Public School, 77 MacCauley St. City staff will also be collecting ideas on what kind of programs residents would like to see at the new community centre.

"These designs show the options for Shannon Park and the new community centre. This is a chance for those who come out to help shape the future of this neighbourhood," says Neal Unsworth, Manager, Parks Development.

The designs being presented incorporate input from two previous public consultations held earlier this year.  As part of this project, the Wally Elmer Centre and the housing complex at 80 Daly St., managed by Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation, will be removed and converted into parkland – and MacCauley Street will be extended to run through Shannon Park.

These efforts support the Rideau Heights Regeneration initiative, a long-term plan to renew this area. The construction of the new community centre and the upgrades to Shannon Park are expected to begin this summer and be completed in the fall of 2016.

The Rideau Heights Regeneration initiative will support social equity in Kingston and improve the cultural vitality of this neighbourhood.  Social equity and cultural vitality are two pillars of the Sustainable Kingston Plan – the community-built plan to make Kingston Canada's most sustainable city.

For more on the Rideau Heights Regeneration initiative, see: www.CityofKingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/rideau-heights

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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.