Gananoque Rotarians propose beach revitalization

A satellite image shows the Rotary Beach area in Gananoque. Photo via LJI.

Town Staff are expected to return to Gananoque Council on Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024, with a report on the Rotary Club of Gananoque’s proposal to revitalize Rotary Beach.

The Rotary Club is proposing a three-stage plan to revitalize the park and ensure long-term stabilization of the waterfront. Rotary Beach is a well-known area for kayakers, canoeists, dog walkers, and people who want to sit and enjoy the scenery.

From roughly 1936 to 1986, the Rotary Club and the Town ran a swimming program in the area. Rotary Club members believe the beach is part of the history of the Town and want to ensure its future.

Phase one of the project includes shoreline stabilization, which would see the addition of one foot of four-to-six-inch stones, then topsoil over geotextile to match the existing grade.

The other step of this phase would involve gazebo floor remediation, replacing sand erosion to original grade, and adding edging to stop future sand erosion. More steps include elevating the retaining wall and existing rock, installing new signs, an accessible walkway, and a picnic area.

Phase two would involve the inclusion of benches, trash receptacles, bike racks, safety rings, Adirondack chairs, a historical plaque and art with a St. Lawrence River theme.

Phase three includes a kayak and canoe rack, as well as natural plantings with consultation from Watersheds Canada.

The Gananoque Town Council meets at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024, at the Town Hall, located at 30 King Street East, on the second floor. The full agenda for the meeting can be read on the Town of Gananoque website, and streamed live via the link included at the top of the Council agenda.

Keith Dempsey is a Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) reporter based out of Gananoque. The LJI is funded by the Government of Canada

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