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Wanted: ideas for the future of former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

May 31, 2016 -

Share your ideas for the future of the former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour with the consulting team leading the community visioning exercise for the historic waterfront area.

"I can't wait to hear all the exciting possibilities presented by the community," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "This is a significant community exercise to help shape the future of a gorgeous waterfront destination including a historic and storied prison and a marina that was the sailing venue for the 1976 Olympics."

The Planning Partnership consulting firm has been retained by Canada Lands Company and the City of Kingston to lead the visioning exercise working in collaboration with a team of experts in heritage planning, landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, coastal engineering and market and financial analysis.

Share your ideas with them by:

  1. Scheduling a one-on-one 20-minute interview on June 8, 9 or 15. Email Graham MacInnes at gmacinnes@planpart.ca to request a time.
  2. Attending one of two public workshops on June 15 – 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. – at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. A brief presentation will be followed by focus-group discussions.
  3. Meet up with the roving information station. It's traveling to locations throughout the city on upcoming afternoons to ask passersby about opportunities for the site. 

More input opportunities are planned for this fall. Watch for them, and find more information on the ones listed above, at www.CityofKingston.ca/GetInvolved.

Three properties are involved in the visioning exercise:

  • The former Kingston Penitentiary owned by Correctional Services Canada (a federally-designated heritage property);
  • An adjacent property and water lot owned by Fisheries and Oceans Canada at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour; and
  • The City-owned lands where the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour building at 53 Yonge St.  is located.

This visioning exercise will help the City and the federal government to determine a way forward, including the future management and ownership of these sites.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.