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Revitalizing Lake Ontario Park

Lake Ontario Park Revitalization PlanIn April of 2007, the City completed phase 1 of a study in support of the Lake Ontario Park Revitalization Plan.  The purpose of this analysis was to establish a collective vision for developing the aging, and underutilized Lake Ontario Park.  After reviewing suggestions from City Officials and interested members of the community, the City is ready to unveil their grandiose design for Lake Ontario Park, which will be presented tonight at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour at 6:30pm.

According to the City’s website, the objective of the Master Plan is to:

“…create a realistic and feasible plan that is creative in defining Kingston, restores the waterfront, and meets the values of the general public. There are three phases to this revitalization process — envisioning the future of the Park, drafting the master plan and developing a strategy for its implementation, and the actual implementation of the plan to develop the Park.”

The community had an opportunity to suggest the incorporation of features from two preliminary plans for Lake Ontario Park, specifically the EnviroPark and the ArtPark.  The final Master Plan carefully balances elements from both the EnviroPark and the Art Park, as well as some other highly desirable amenities.  Notable environmental aspects include a recreated wetland habitat, enhanced beach zone, natural pond and winter skating area, as well as solar powered park lighting.  Artistic elements of the blended design range from a naturalized amphitheatre for live performances, to a variety of sculptures and creative installations.  The new Lake Ontario Park will also include:

  • Overlook: viewing and fishing platform
  • Lake House: public washrooms, change rooms, and showers, as well as canoe, and kayak rentals
  • Pavilion: washrooms, showers, concessions, as well as bike, skate and ski rentals
  • Picnic Area: shelter, park grills, and picnic tables
  • Children’s Discovery Area: environmental themed water play, and nature based play features
  • Waterfront: interpretive boardwalk, overlook stations, swimming area, and a link to the waterfront trail

For more information about this ambitious project, be sure to check out the Lake Ontario Master Plan.  I personally am very excited about the incorporation of an outdoor amphitheatre.  What do you think of the plan?  Is there something missing?  Is there something that just seems totally unfeasible?

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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...

2 thoughts on “Revitalizing Lake Ontario Park

  • June 24, 2009 at 10:24 am
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    I was down at Centennial Park on Sunday and saw a bunch of protest banners (or something to that effect) taped onto city hall. I didn’t bother reading them, as it seemed a pretty half-assed way to protest, but do recall seeing something about a $6million renovation of a park. I suppose this was it?

    Curious, the plan looks quite good I think, and the park will get good usage during the summer months. Anything to enhance this city’s waterfront can’t be anything but good, it’s in dire need of a facelift.

    That being said, $6mil could do a lot of good downtown, and in other areas of the city where an inordinate amount of corners seem to be getting cut when it comes to basic infrastructure. Although I do enjoy the quick asphalt patch job they have been using on the pavements lately, it looks very nice…ahem.

  • June 24, 2009 at 11:44 am
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    I think it looks sweet! Looking forward to it.

    Anyway, it is certainly easy to question and/or criticize the City’s spending habits, but I cannot fathom the difficulty in making those decisions, when there are needs and demands all around. In reality, there is not a single piece of infrastructure, nor a park, nor a facility that does not need work, to some extent. For sure I disagree in some cases, but my personal opinion is that $ invested in a public park, on the waterfront, is a sound way to invest in the City.

    I agree, the outdoor amphitheatre is an excellent idea. I’ve been to a number of small concerts at venues like that and its fun, particularly since I am not a bar-goer and have no chance otherwise to see live music. Hopefully some of the better local bands would consider it a great place to play.

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