The City of Kingston is hosting an open house this month for members of the public to help develop a vision for Belle Park.
“Public input has helped us create a vision for this lovely waterfront space off Montreal Street,” said Neal Unsworth, manager, parks development. “We could really feel the love for this wide, open space in all the feedback we received.”
Residents are invited to attend the open house anytime between 3pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, February 27 in the multi-purpose room at the Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library, 85 MacCauley Street.
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According to the City: “The master plan visioning for this 80-acre waterfront park at 731 Montreal St. reflect the ideas and input collected from residents over two years of consultations. It explores a phased approach to implementing improvements – including naturalized areas and spaces for outdoor recreation.”
Belle Park sits on a former landfill on the shores of the Cataraqui River – part of the UNESCO-designated Rideau Canal waterway. It operated as a golf course for many years until, in 2017, council directed staff to reduce golf operations and undertake a master plan for the park and to explore opportunities for outdoor-recreation partnerships. The Belle Park Master Plan sets out the vision that will inform and guide long-range improvements and operational practices in the park. Plans to manage the site as a former landfill are ongoing and are not altered by the master plan.