June Events 2017

REMINDERS!
SO MANY FUN PARK EVENTS IN JUNE!   Do come!
JUNE 3/4/5/6/9/10/11!
 
June 3/4/10/11: Turtle Awareness Project, Doug Fluhrer Park,
10 am – 5 pm.  

Guided shoreline walks with Kenny Ruelland of reptilesandamphibianadvocacy.com.
You are in for a treat! He is amazing, very knowledgeable, and fun.
And it’s turtle nesting season. 
You might actually see one – or more and help protect nests.
Learn more about the importance of the turtle in Indigenous cultures from an Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Keeper.
Also live turtles, turtle artifacts, turtle craft – painting rocks to be turtles, and drumming with Yessi.  Family events.  All welcome.
Something for everyone.
Thanks to the Community Foundation for making these events possible.

June 3:  Plant Swap hosted by wellingtonx: Doug Fluhrer Park,
12 pm – 2 pm

 
June 5: World Environment Day, Welcoming C3
C3 is an Indigenous group on a boat exploring Canada’s three oceans – travelling up the Atlantic, through the Northwest Passage, and down the Pacific. 
They will be with us in Doug Fluhrer Park on Mon June 5 from 3:30 – 5:30.
First a welcome from Grandmother Laurel and an explanation of the Indigenous view of Nature
Next an examination of turtle artifacts and a guided shoreline walk.
And yes, it is turtle nesting season so you may well see some.
Lee Valley is sponsoring building bird houses for future installation.
Light refreshments and a chance to join Yessi in community drumming.
Again, family event.  All welcome. Something for everyone.
 
June 6: Council Motion for ON THE WALL street art festival.
Come and support our delegation at 7:30 pm in Council Chambers, City Hall.  In addition to requesting the opportunity to organize another great festival, we are hoping that the retaining way can become designated as a “legal wall”, like the Berlin Well or Ottawa’s Tech Wall.
 
June 6:  North King’s Town Visioning Exercise to Council
The committee’s recommendation for the Phase 1 report for NKT will be presented.  Come and show your support for the especially great community outreach done by Sonya Bolton and Greg Newman of city staff in partnership with DIALOG Design consultants.  Sonya and Greg’s work exemplifies public engagement at its very best.
 
June 9: Commuter Challenge on the K&P with MP Mark Gerretsen
Some people are even commuting from Sydenham on this great trail!
In the city there will be several join in spots. 
Parking is available at each of them:
7:00 am Unity Road (distance to next point 8.2 km)
7:35 amSydenham Road  (distance to next point 1.8 km)
7:45 amBinnington Court (distance to next point 5.5 km)
8:10 amBelle Park (distance to next point 2.6 km)
Arriving in Market Square for a free roll-in breakfast at 8:25 am
Always delicious!
All welcome.  No registration required.
HOWEVER  WE DO ENCOURAGE YOU TO REGISTER ONLINE.
For the last four years, Kingston has come first in its class! 
Your participation will help do it again.
Register at commuterchallenge.ca.
 
June 10: Grand Opening of new section of the K&P Trail – 11 am – 4 pm
Celebrate the completion of the K&P trail! This project includes adding 6.4 kilometres of trail to the K&P Trail that would lead from Douglas Fluhrer Park to Binnington Court with 2.9 kilometres on road and 3.5 kilometres off road.

  • Ribbon Cutting – 11 a.m.
  • Dedication of a park bench to Douglas Knapp
  • K&P Ballad sung by Roger James
  • Vendors and community tables will be set up all along the trail. 
  • Pick up a ballot at the City of Kingston information table and enter to win prizes.
  • Utilities Kingston Water Buggy will be in Douglas Fluhrer Park. 
  • The City will be providing complimentary hot dogs and drinks to the first 200 customers.

 
Other Ongoing Work and Issues:
 
Douglas R. Fluhrer Park and K&P Trail
Works continue on the K&P Trail and the waterfront pathway. The south section of the project, an unopened gravel lane located in Douglas R. Fluhrer Park has been reduced in size and restored as a pedestrian scaled pathway. Soil is being installed and naturalized meadow grass and sod is being planted along the new pathway. The gravel lane is located in the alignment of the Wellington Street extension. 
 
Belle Park
The City of Kingston is considering new recreational and naturalization ideas for improving the use of Belle Park.  A 2016 survey found that Kingstonians also enjoy the riverside park for walking, running, cycling, skiing, pickleball and enjoying nature.
The City has decided to explore options to reduce, modify or eliminate golf at the park and find ways to encourage other recreational uses and/or naturalization of some areas. What do you think?
1.  Three open houses:
Wed, May 31, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Belle Park, 731 Montreal St.
Thurs, June 1, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, Artillery Park, 382 Montreal St.
Thurs, June 8. 1:00pm – 3:30 pm, INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd
2.  Focus Groups: The City will invite a number of stakeholders to attend.
The City will use the gathered ideas to create an online survey that will run in the summer and will be available at www.CityofKingston.ca/GetInvolved.
More info? Belle Park Ideas.
Contact: Adam McCluskey, Manager of Recreation Facilities, amccluskey@cityofkingston.ca.
 
Kingston Pen Visioning
Thurs, June 1, 4:00 – 6:00 pm or 6:30pm – 8:30 pm,
Press Lounge, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St.
To register or find out more: www.cityofkingston.ca/portsmouth

Draft Public Engagement Framework
Survey available until  Fri, June 9,:  www.CityofKingston.ca/Get-involved.
Focus Groups:
Thurs, June 1, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour,  53 Yonge St.
Mon, June 5, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Rooms A&B, INVISTA Centre,
1350 Gardiners Rd.
RSVP  letsconnect@cityofkingston.ca 
Contact:  Debbi Miller – damiller@cityofkingston.ca.

Hope to see you soon.
Cheers,
Mary Farrar,
President, Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour