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What if Kingston…

In late June, Mayor Mark Gerretsen teased his Facebook followers by posting a refreshing photo of whimsical waterslides on Facebook along with the question: “What do YOU think? Water park like this at Lake Ontario Park?!”. The post went on to attract over 250 comments for and against the idea, as

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Hall Monitor: Off the Deep End

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 14-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. The meeting, while facing a full agenda, focused on two main items: the closure of the Oakwood Childcare Centre and the budget

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Hall Monitor: A Pound of Regulations

Last night was a homecoming of sorts as city council returned to it’s usual seats around the horseshoe, wrapping up a three month road trip – and they did so in true council fashion, running past 11:30 without finishing the agenda. As always, the agenda and addeds are available on

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Memorial Centre Market

Like many other Kingstonians, we had gardening on our minds this past long weekend. This resulted in countless hours spent digging around in the earth, coaxing our tiny vegetable seedlings into the ground and purchasing a few additional tomato, zucchini and pepper plants from local producers at the Market.  This

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Admission Costs Reduced at Outdoor Aquatics Centre

Kingstonist has been tracking the redevelopment of the Leo Lafleur Waterpark from the initial public consultation until it’s completion and grand re-opening earlier this summer.  After admission and membership prices were posted by the city last Spring, we asked our readers to weigh in on whether the costs were prohibitive

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Leo Lafleur Admission Costs

Now that that snowbanks have receded, we’ve been able to get clear view of the transformation of the Leo Lafleur water park next to the aging Memorial Centre. As you can see from the photo above, construction of the winding water slide is nearly complete, and it gives a great

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Readying for the Plunge

Will they take the plunge? That is the question that faces a city hall committee this week as it prepares to enter the final stage of a nearly three-year debate about whether to build a new aquatic centre in Kingston. Councillors have gone back and forth on the proposed project,

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Everything’s Going Swimmingly

Last Fall, I wrote about the City’s plans to completely overhaul the ageing aquatic facility that’s located beside the Memorial Centre.  Presently, the entire grounds around the M-Centre are getting a much needed face lift, while the work will eventually focus on breathing new life into the Leo Lafleur Waterpark. 

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Leo Lafleur Waterpark Plan

Not that I’m complaining, but there were very few days where we were forced to endure sweltering conditions, and poor air quality this past summer.  As someone who stubbornly refuses to buy an air conditioner, I’m constantly gambling my comfort in the name of energy and financial savings.  For the

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