The City of Kingston is looking for your opinion on how to improve Belle Park on Montreal Street.
Despite a variety of efforts, the number of golfers using Belle Park has continued to decrease, so the City is looking for ideas on recreational and naturalization changes that could increase attendance and enjoyment by the public.
A survey in 2016 revealed Kingstonians enjoyed being in nature while walking, running, cycling, skiing, and playing Pickleball in the riverside park.
Therefore, due to the decreasing number of golfers, the City is seeking options to reduce, modify or eliminate golf at the park while finding ways to encourage other recreational uses.
“We would like to hear ideas from golfers, recreational groups, walkers, skiers, nature lovers – anyone who has a great idea for maximizing the potential of this beautiful spot on the Cataraqui River,” said Adam McCluskey, manager, recreation facilities, in a release.
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Members of the public who have ideas for the park can attend one of the upcoming open houses:
- Wednesday, May 31 from 6 to 8:30 pm at Belle Park (731 Montreal Street).
- Thursday, June 1 between 9:30 am and noon at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre (382 Montreal Street).
- Friday, June 9 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm at the INVISTA Centre, Kingston Transit Room (1350 Gardiners Road).
The City will also invite a number of stakeholders to attend one of a couple of focus groups and its staff will be out collecting ideas in public places and events over the next couple of months.
Ideas gathered from those efforts will be used in creating an online survey at CityofKingston.ca/GetInvolved during the summer.
The ideas will be compiled and summarized for a report that will go to council this fall.