McBurney Park Wading Pool to be Converted to Splash Pad

Published on: 2018/12/12 - in News

The wading pool in McBurney Park (also known locally as ‘Skeleton Park’) is going to be converted to a splash pad, according to the City of Kingston, in addition to upgrades to the washroom building to make it more accessible.  The wading pool footprint will be used for the new splash pad with archaeological studies performed before construction begins.

There will be two informal drop-in information sessions introducing the project for the community to attend. Both will take place at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre (382 Bagot St.) – the first on Monday, Dec. 17 from 2:30 to 5:30pm, and the second session on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 10am until noon.

According to a City release:

McBurney Park sits on the former Upper Burial Ground. It was Kingston’s primary cemetery until 1850 when Cataraqui Cemetery was established. It is estimated that up to 10,000 people were buried on the property prior to 1864. The City has conducted two major studies in McBurney Park in the past 15 years: an archeological study ahead of road work on Alma, Balaclava and Ordnance streets and another as part of the McBurney Park Tree Replacement Program. Public engagement will continue in 2019. Construction is subject to budget approval, and is anticipated to begin in 2020.

For accessibility feedback related to the proposed improvements please contact Patrica Sharpe at (in accordance with Ontario Regulation 191/11)

More information can be found at

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