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City reopening municipal beaches and public washrooms

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

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A Strategic Look: Priority #5 – Foster Healthy Citizens and Vibrant Spaces

Beginning in early January and, through public consultation and a number of additional special meetings, Kingston City Council set out its five strategic priorities through 2022, which they affirmed and approved an implementation plan for at their meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Today, we’ll dive into and break down

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Top Headline in Kingston in 2017

In a few short weeks the ball will drop as we clink glasses and usher in another new year. As we look back on the year that was, how will you remember 2017?  There was certainly a lot to celebrate this past year, which saw Canada commemorate its 150th, and

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Richardson Beach, 1970s

Richardson Beach in Macdonald park. This late 1970’s era photograph is from the Wallace Berry studio fonds held here at Queen’s Archives. With the glimpse of the Newlands Pavilion in the background, this technicolour print shows a really active, vibrant and populated waterfront. Bikes and windsurfing boards, walkers, swimmers and

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#ygkChallenge: Share Your Kingston Bucket List

Welcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary.

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Swimming Along the Shores of Kingston

Last Summer, amidst the uncomfortable heat and our continued resolve not to get air conditioning, Danielle and I took to lake swimming. We primarily enjoyed dips at Richardson Beach and participated in Mass Swimm II at Breakwater Park, while both of these areas have seen minor swim-friendly upgrades in recent

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Mass Swimm II

A few weeks ago, water-loving Kingstonians converged on the Kingston PUC Docks and Breakwater Park to partake in Mass Swimm II. This event was geared towards celebrating our waterfront as well as protesting the lack of accessibility, neglected repairs and upgrades.  Kurtis Chen captured the excitement that was in the

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Expanding the Smoking Bylaw in Kingston

Once upon a time you could do it in restaurants, movie theatres, taxi cabs, and even in classrooms.  Doctors prescribed certain brands as a cure all, and Hollywood would have you believe that all the cool kids are doing it. In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m referring to darts,

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Swim Guide: Beach Finder

Every summer, those of us without backyard swimming pools, or friends who are kind enough to share, converge on Kingston’s shorelines in search of a safe yet refreshing place to take a dip.  While KFL&A Public Health “regularly” checks the water quality at local beaches, these updates are not always

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