May 2014 Update

Hi Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour,

A few important notices:

ON THE WALL, Kingston’s newest exciting art festival!
Council meeting this Tues. May 6, 7:30 pm sharp for our delegation in support of Councilor Rob Hutchison’s motion to waive the graffiti by-law for the Aug 18 – 24 week long event. Come if you can for the 5 minute delegation. Support truly appreciated!

Turtles Kingston really needs your help. We care! Endangered turtles are making a come-back in the Inner Harbour. We need the City to look after turtles.
May 4 is the last day for Scott Environmental’s offer of matching funds for your donations. City will match total raised. $31,000 needed! Only $10,000 raised.
http://www.ckwstv.com/2014/05/02/turtle-donations/

    Campaign closes June 30. Please donate at:

  1. TD Canada Trust referencing account# 1905226401, or
  2. 2) Online via canadahelps.org. Click “View Profile”, then Kingston Field Naturalists to donate. Once in, select Turtles Kingston.

Public Forum on Kingston’s Waterfront May 14, 7-9 pm, Pump House Steam Museum Update on Waterfront Master Plan + presentations by Carl Bray (planner) and David McDonald (activist) re Shoreline Shuffle and its aftermath. Join the discussion.

Electronic Version of Su Sheedy’s book “Dear Kingston” now available @

http://www.wateraccessgroup.weebly.com/shorelineshuffle-revisted.html

Trailhead’s Annual Free Paddling Demo Day. Sat, June 7, 10 am – 4 pm.
A great opportunity to try out kayaking or stand up paddling for Free!
Doug Fluhrer Park, Wellington St. behind Rideaucrest.
From 11 – noon – the NEW PaddleSmart program with Paddle Canada – an awareness and safety education program designed for paddlers, both new and experienced, on how to be safer and smarter paddlers. Free and fun interactive activities for all ages. More info? Trailhead at 272 Princess St.or trailheadkingston.ca

Barriefield Village’s 200th Anniversary Celebration Sat. June 7, 10 am – 4 pm
Heritage craft and trade demos, tours of village and St. Mark’s church, horse and wagon rides, afternoon tea – and more! Come one come all.

Fresh Food to Nurture the Urban Dweller: Vegies from the Main Street Market.
Tim Lyon and his group of enthusiastic gardeners are gearing up to grow local food in the neighbourhood. For weekly vegetable baskets throughout the summer contact: the.main.street.market@gmail.com. Order online at mainstreetmarket.ca

Trail Clean-up May 24 (rain date Sun May 24) 9 am till noon All welcome!
Kendra Noble has generously offered to organize this year’s event. So much very appreciated! As always coffee and fruit generously provided by the Main Street Market and Quattrocchi’s Specialty Foods. The search is on for goodies! Meet on Rideau St. just north of River Street. See you there! All ages welcome.

Cycling Week events Sun June 1 – Sat June 7 Have a look at the Kingston Velo Club and Cycle Kingston webpages for interesting events. Volunteers appreciated.

Commuter Challenge: Mayor/Councilor Commute Mon, June 2 The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Health Unit is encouraging interested participants to use active transportation (walking, cycling, transit etc.)to commute to Market Square for an Active Transportation breakfast scheduled to begin at 8:15. Mayor and Councilors are being encouraged to begin their commute from their homes, or any preferred location in Kingston and proceed to Market Square with constituents. Should be fun. To find out more, contact jennifer.hroch@kflapublichealth,ca. Register online at commuterchallenge.ca

First Paddle the Arch Tour 2014 Sat, May 31
Two years ago, Kingston embraced the concept of a Frontenac Arch trailhead in Douglas R. Fluhrer Park. The proposed official trailhead is marked with a sign at the Kingston Marina. The Frontenac Arch Paddling Trails group do numerous paddling tours through the arch. This year the village of Lyndhurst was chosen as the focal point for the first 2014 tour. Paddlers will launch from historic Delta Stone Mill and will paddle through Lower Beverley Lake and along pristine wetlands into the village of Lyndhurst for lunch. They will see wildlife and historic stone structures, enjoy a Local Flavours lunch, learn from a qualified interpreter, while being professionally guided and outfitted.
A second tour will launch from Kingston, Saturday, June 14.
To register or volunteer, contact Scott Ewart through 1000islandskayaking.com or Celia Metcalf through the Frontenac Arch Paddling Trails Facebook page.

Acoustic Report for Kingston’s Waterfront Philip Brown is pleased to report that the City did go ahead with an acoustic report and that he and the City are aligned on the desire to work hard together to preserve the quiet essence of Kingston’s waterfront (excepting the case of vibrant industries such as MetalCraft Marine) and they will work together to keep moving toward the target of 40 Db or less.

Belle Park Working Group A motion to create a Belle Park Working Group was approved unanimously by City Council on Feb. 4. Subsequently on April 1, the group’s membership was also approved unanimously and the first meeting was held April 26. It’s term will run until Nov 30, 2014 with meetings to be held monthly. The public is welcome to attend. The six community members chosen are: Mary Louise Adams, Frank Dixon, David Garrick, Jacques Menard, Ken Reimer and Keith Thomas. Three of the six, Dixon, Menard and Thomas are also members of the Friends of Belle Park, the community advocacy group formed in October 2012 to save the golf course and work towards its rejuvenation. These community members will be joined by City Staff and a City clerk. Congratulations are due to the Friends of Belle Park for their tireless work on this file!!!

Totally spoked on CFRC Congratulations to Christine Bruce, local cyclist, raconteur and bike story writer on the publication of her most recent book and her new CFRC radio show.

Lots more on the back burner. More in the June update.
We’re off this Friday for a week cycling in Cuba with Sustainable Kingston.
Cheers,
Mary