The eastern section of Breakwater Park was opened to the public on Friday afternoon. The section includes the Time headland (pictured above) and the area of the park between St. Lawrence and Lower University Avenues.
The western portion of the park and the dock remain closed to the public until renovations there have been completed.
“We are close to completing the park improvements and are ready to open those areas that are safe for public use in time for summer,” said Luke Follwell, director, recreation and leisure services, in a release.
Ready to dip your toes into the water at Breakwater Park? The east section of the park will be open by 3 p.m. today! We ask you to stay away from safety fencing while we complete work in the rest of the park. #ygk pic.twitter.com/gsAH6fYefy
— City of Kingston (@cityofkingston) June 22, 2018
Additional waterfront park improvements include:
– A new park promenade
– Pedestrian bridge to the pier
– Pier upgrades
– Shoreline works
– Pathway lighting
– Landscaping and tree planting
– Accessibility improvements
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On June 20th of last year, City Council approved the renaming of the P.U.C. dock as the Gord Edgar Downie Pier in recognition of the late Tragically Hip singer-songwriter’s stewardship of Lake Ontario.
The City suggests accessing Breakwater Park at the new traffic lights on King Street at Lower University Avenue (map) that were installed earlier this month. It also asks the public to avoid fenced off areas of the park while they remain under construction and to stay off the newly planted sod while it establishes new roots.