Changes coming as City addresses issues with pedestrians accessing Breakwater Park

Workers discussing plans in front of ‘Time’ at Breakwater Park. Photo by Cris Vilela.

Due to the large number of people crossing King Street at the bottom of Beverley Street to access Breakwater Park, the City of Kingston is taking measures to discourage pedestrian crossing at that spot.

According to a press release from the City of Kingston, the intersection at Beverley and King Streets has not yet been upgraded to accommodate the number of people that use the intersection as an access point to the new-redesigned park.

Signage was installed in the area last week, and the City will be installing fencing to block entrance to the park at Beverley Street. As a result, the ‘Route 3 – Downtown’ bus stop on the south side of King Street will be out of service. Riders can board or exit ‘Route 3 – Downtown’ buses on the same side of the road two blocks east at Albert Street, the press release said.

“The good news is everyone loves Breakwater Park,” said Ian Semple, director of transportation services for the City of Kingston.

“But it is safest for people to cross King [Street] at the traffic signal at Albert Street, and not at Beverley [Street].”

These changes are all temporary measures put in place as the City explores options to address the safety of the crossing, according to the press release. All pathways and areas within Breakwater Park remain open and accessible to the public as these changes are instated.

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