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Confederation Basin Promenade

The Confederation Basin Promenade will provide a new waterfront experience in Kingston's downtown area, on the existing break wall west of the Flora MacDonald Basin. The project includes a walkway from Battery Park to the lighthouse with seating areas, pathway lighting and swimming opportunities.

The promenade was included in the 2016 Waterfront Plan, ranking number five out of 137 waterfront projects. Planning and design of the promenade started in 2021, with multiple opportunities for community engagement throughout the process. Community input showed that people favoured the longer and wider walkway option to extend the walkway to the light house. In 2022 Council approved the expanded project scope and increased the budget to $9M.

Construction is anticipated to start in 2024. Visit Get Involved to stay up to date with the project.

Geotechnical investigation 

In July 2022, we conducted a geotechnical investigation along the break wall. We took borehole samples, conducted test piles, and performed depth probing. This provided a better understanding of the break wall structure and the lakebed. This valuable information aided the consultant team in designing the walkway.

Detailed designs 

As we progress with project planning, we are exploring two design options for the outer leg of the promenade: a concrete deck and an elevated walkway with a timber deck and railings. Both choices feature a lookout at the lighthouse, seating, and lighting. The exact design will be determined prior to construction. 

In January of 2023, we completed our fourth public engagement and the final project concept plans have been posted with input from that process.  

Additional project improvements may be explored if we secure various sources of funding. We frequently update all available City sponsorship opportunities.

Contact Us

City of Kingston
City Hall
216 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
Phone: 613-546-0000
Fax: 613-546-7816

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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