City reopening municipal beaches and public washrooms

Kingstonist file photo of Gord Edgar Downie Pier at Breakwater Park during move-in weekend 2019. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

The City of Kingston will officially open municipal beaches, waterfront swim access points, and some public washrooms on Friday, Jun. 26, 2020.

The City is reminding residents to maintain physical distancing by staying two metres (six feet) from others on the beach, in the water, and in public washrooms. The City is also reminding residents to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or to use hand sanitizer often.

“Kingston boasts 280 kilometers of beautiful shoreline and 200 public parks. If you arrive at one waterfront area and physical distancing is not possible, consider visiting another one of the many public spaces across the city,” the City said in a press release on Thursday, Jun. 25, 2020.
“The City will provide signage to remind the public of social distancing and enforcement as required.”

Residents can access a list of all municipal beaches and swim access points here. Residents can also check on the water quality at municipal beaches, which is monitored by KFL&A Public Health, here.

The following beaches and waterfront swim access points will be reopened:

  • Gord Edgar Downie Pier and Breakwater Park beach (200 King Street West). A portable washroom unit will be available.
  • Grass Creek Park (2991 Highway 2 East). A portable washroom unit will be available.
  • Lake Ontario Park (920 King Street West). The Pavilion washrooms will be available.
  • Richardson Beach (1 King Street East). Washrooms will remain closed, but the public washrooms at City Park and the PumpHouse Museum will be open nearby.

The following public washrooms (as well as those listed above) will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will be frequently cleaned to respond to Stage 2 requirements:

  • Victoria Park
  • City Park
  • Woodbine Park
  • Shannon Park
  • PumpHouse Museum (the public washroom can be accessed from the side of the building beside the waterfront trail)

According to the City, washroom access at the Memorial Centre splash pad will reopen on Monday, Jul. 6, 2020.

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