Invest In The Waterfront
I have always believed that our waterfront is one of our community’s greatest natural assets. There is nothing I enjoy more than a quiet walk along the shore or to sit and read on a park bench overlooking the water. The waterfront adds so much to our quality of life, it draws tourists and visitors to our community, and it’s a vital part of what makes Kingston such a beautiful city. That’s why investing in our waterfront continues to be one of my top priorities as mayor.
This week we officially re-opened a completely revitalized Breakwater Park, fulfilling one of my campaign promises from four years ago. This new and improved waterfront park now has new walking paths, a sandy beach area and, of course, the beautiful new Gord Edgar Downie Pier. This revitalized public space along the shore of Lake Ontario provides a whole new way for people to access and enjoy the waterfront.
Now I’m ready to build on this success by championing further exciting improvements to our waterfront. Imagine a new deep water dock in the downtown, transforming the wharf at the bottom of Queen Street into a vibrant space where cruise ship passengers can disembark and where residents can walk along a part of the waterfront that has been largely inaccessible. Imagine a new breakwater pathway where residents and visitors can walk out into the harbour and enjoy new views of the waterfront. Imagine being able to walk along the shoreline of the Inner Harbour, from the downtown up to the Third Crossing, and then over the new bridge to take in the natural beauty of the Rideau Canal. These are a few of the investments I’m excited to lead over the next four years.
Kingston has always had an amazing waterfront, but it’s through investments like these that we can expand public access and give residents and visitors the chance to enjoy the water in a whole new way. I am interested in your ideas and priorities about our waterfront so let’s continue the conversation about further enhancements to one of our most precious asset.