Save the date: Breakwater Park official grand re-opening in late July

Photo of the recently re-opened east section of Breakwater Park. The official grand-reopening of the park will take place on Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018.
Photo by the City of Kingston.

The anticipated re-opening of one of Kingston’s most beloved lakeside parks is fast approaching – and well in time for residents to enjoy the park this summer.

The City of Kingston has just announced that the official grand re-opening of Breakwater Park will take place on Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018. Residents are invited to the park for a day of celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free activities for all ages throughout the park.

The event will kick off remarks from Mayor Bryan Paterson, MP Mark Gerretsen, and Swim Drink Fish president Mark Mattson. The official dedication of the Gord Edward Downie Pier will also take place at the event.

Residents can also enjoy strolling around the park and taking in the new renovations, which include shoreline work, steps and seating, accessibility improvements, landscaping and tree planting, and, of course, the new promenade, pedestrian bridge and pier upgrades.

Kingston City Council first officially approved the renovation plans in May of 2013. Those plans were the result of months of planning and public consultation, and were originally scheduled to be completed this year as part of the City’s Waterfront Masterplan. In March of 2017, Council approved funding for the renovations, and up to $1 million in financial support through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program made it possible for work at Breakwater Park to begin a year ahead of schedule. A $500,000 donation from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation was provide to Swim Drink Fish to further support renovations.

More information about the event and the park renovations to come as it becomes available. Find out more about the City’s plans and the park’s design at www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/breakwater-park.

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