Residents are invited to apply to serve on a working group to help the City create a vision and guiding principles for an expanded Grass Creek Park in the City’s east end.
In 2007, the City purchased 45 acres of rolling farmland adjacent to the 51 acre Park. Now, the City, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Benefit Fund and, with the help of the community, can help cohesively and comprehensively guide the future development of all 96 acres of the expanded Park to meet the future recreational, leisure and cultural needs of the community.
Grass Creek Park, at 2991 Highway 2, is the east-end venue for Canada Day events, day camp programs, outdoor concerts, family picnics and the annual Sheep Dog Trials. The Park, which sits behind the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, already boasts a sandy beach along the St. Lawrence River, a picnic pavillion, a playground, washrooms, a boat launch, an off-leash pilot project area, open fields, wetlands and parking.
“We want persons in the community who value Grass Creek Park, and have a vision for what the larger park can become, to step forward and become an active part of the Park’s future,” says Kristine Hebert, Parks and Open Space Planning Coordinator. Those interested in applying to be on the working group will find the application at www.cityofkingston.ca/grasscreekpark/ or in the Clerks Department at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. Applications are due April 1.
The working group will meet monthly and be comprised of:
- Up to four members of the executive of the Pittsburgh Benefit Fund;
- Up to four district councilors – one being the representative from District 12 (Pittsburgh) and a representative from the Arts Recreation and Community Policies Committee;
- One member of the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum Board;
- City Staff (Parks Development);
- Up to 10 members of the community at large, with a minimum of four being from District 12 (Pittsburgh)
The new parkland is part of a 45-acre purchase made by the City in 2007. It includes 178 feet of waterfront on the Bateau Channel, rolling farm fields, meadows, trees and two residences.