Breakwater Park Closing to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Published on: 2021/04/09 - in News

Breakwater Park, located along the waterfront across from Kingston General Hospital, is being closed today to prevent crowding. The closure, which begins at 4pm, follows an announcement by KFL&A Public Health yesterday of an outbreak in the adjacent University District and large gatherings witnessed in the area yesterday.

Fencing is being set up to close the north, east, and west boundaries of Breakwater Park, which runs along King Street between Lower University Avenue and Beverley Street.

“I have issued an emergency order to close Breakwater Park effective today for a 10-day period. This timeline coincides with students move-out, but can be extended if needed. As one of our most popular community parks, closing it is a last resort,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “Yesterday, however, we saw troubling instances of overcrowding, which is especially concerning given the current outbreak in the nearby University District.”

Paterson added: “We also know that enforcement is challenging when crowds get that large, especially since the provincial order does allow for multiple outdoor gatherings of up to five people. For this reason, Breakwater Park is being fenced off, but we look forward to reopening this waterfront park as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

The emergency order closes Breakwater Park for 10 day and anyone using the park, even just by themselves, will be subject to fines. City Bylaw Enforcement and Kingston Police will also closely monitor other parks near the University District.

According to a City release:

Residents are reminded that those who fail to maintain physical distancing in any City park – and those who enter the closed area of Breakwater Park – can be issued a $2,060 Penalty Notice on the spot under the City’s AMPs for failure to comply with an emergency order. Any fines issued under the City’s AMPs can be paid and appealed directly through the City.

Anyone who witnesses a gathering of concern may contact Kingston Police on the non-emergency number: 613-549-4660.

* Stay up-to-date with the City’s COVID-19 changes.  Find answers to your COVID-19 questions from KFL&A Public Health.

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