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#ygkChallenge: Kingston Penitentiary & Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Workshop

ygkchallenge, Kingston Penitentiary, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Kingston, OntarioThe #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston (and the world) a slightly better place to live, work and play.

This week’s #ygkchallenge encourages you to:

Attend the Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Workshop. Since its closure in 2013, many ideas have circulated regarding the future of the Kingston Penitentiary. Should it be torn down? Or maybe it should be redeveloped into condos or a museum or a world-class sailing centre. In the time since its closure, the pen has been opened for tours which have been wildly successful. The first round of tours were opened up as a fundraiser that raised over $30,000 for Habitat for Humanity and this past summer we saw the official first long term run of tours from May-October 2016. St. Lawrence Parks Commission recently announced that the tours will continue this spring. Despite the popularity of these tours, questions are still circulating about what to do with the building and the neighbouring Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. This week we challenge you to attend the 3rd in a series of city run workshops where the emerging strategic vision for the former Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour sites will be revealed. There are currently 4 designs that have been drafted based on public input received through meetings, focus groups and an open house held this past October. The 4pm workshop has already been filled to capacity but a second one has been added at 6:30pm. Both workshops take place on Monday, February 27th at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Press Lounge located at 53 Yonge St. Workshops are open to the public and free to attend. Registration is required. Register by emailing Graham at [email protected].

Join us in completing this week’s #ygkchallenge by liking it on Facebook and/or re-Tweeting it on Twitter. By liking and sharing, you’re not only committing to doing something great, but you’re also helping us spread the word and hopefully encouraging others to participate.

Thanks to Aidan Wakely-Mulroney for today’s photo.

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Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

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