Clean-up crew on Belle Park Trail Saturday 24 May, 2014. Park and trail clean-ups are organized yearly.
The Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour is committed to preserving and enhancing our waterfront as well as educating the public about relevant environmental and heritage issues. Work done in 2012 & 2013 includes clean-ups, public education tours and information sessions. To learn more about public education tours and information sessions, click the Community Events tab to the right and also have a look at both the calendar and the gallery.
Last year, in 2013, we did a couple of clean-ups in the spring and another is scheduled for Sept 27 at noon. The first clean-up was of Douglas R. Fluhrer Park on Sunday, April 28. The second was at the old rail line from River Street to Belle Park. Both were great events. See the Gallery tab on the www.friendsofinnerharbour.com for pics. Not so many old tires, beds and sofas this year. Mostly regular junk. Thanks so very much to our support from Kingston businesses: Quattrocchi’s, the Sleepless Goat, Costco, The Bread and Butter Bakery and the Main Street Market. So very much appreciated.
A final clean-up happened on September 27, 2013 in Doug Fluhrer Park. Thanks to David Austin of OHIP for organizing this once again under the umbrella of Loblaws’ Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up. To sign up, google Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and type in your postal code. See you there.
Park Clean-Ups 2016
April 9: Spring Trail Clean-up, 9:00 am – noon.
Park Clean-Ups 2015
April 25: Doug Fluhrer Park Annual Spring Clean-up
Park Clean-Ups 2014
Again this past spring and fall, FKIH were involved in a number of clean-ups.
a) Sunday, April 27, Doug Fluhrer Park Thanks to the many volunteers that came to help out and to the Main Street Market for coffee, Quattrocchi’s for fruit and the Bread and Butter Bakery for awesome treats.
b) Sunday, May 24, Trail just south of Belle Park Special thanks to Kendra Noble and friends for organizing the trail clean-up this year. Signs posted along the trail meant more helpers than ever before! Pictures have been put up on the gallery on the webpage – www.friendsofinnerharbour.com
c) Friday, September 25, Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up Thanks so much to Allen Yuen from the Ministry of Health at the OHIP building for organizing the fifteen helpers who came out this time to clean up in Douglas R. Fluhrer Park. His summary (required by the organization) states that 403 items of garbage, 95 recyclables and 3 items of concern were found. The most collected items, as usual, were cigarettes/cigarette butts (157). The most unusual items were part of a shovel, one dangling ear-ring, and an item of drug paraphernalia. The heaviest item was a tire. The funniest item was a pair of men’s underwear. And the items of concern were just dead fish and a dead animal – thankfully no needles or syringes. The tally is always interesting.
Three major clean-Ups of 2012
On April 27, 2012, the first was organized by Hearthmakers to clean up Douglas R. Fluhrer Park. We partnered with several community organizations including the McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association, Transition Kingston, the NDP Community Action Group, Street Health, the Kingston Coalition Against Poverty and the Society for Conservation Biology. Food and supplies were generously donated by the Main Street Market, Quattrocchi’s, Card’s Bakery, The Bread and Butter Bakery, the Wolfe Island Bakery, Transition Kingston and Living Rooms. The Boiler Room Climbing Gym graciously provided a BarBQ for participants. Kyra and Tully kindly entertained us all with their music.
On May 12, 2012, a second clean-up was organized along the old K&P line going from River Street to Belle Park. Gavin Hutchison from Transition Kingston provided his truck and ten dedicated volunteers took out 31 tires as well as a couple of old sofas and mattresses and 15-20 bags filled with collected garbage. The City later disposed of the collected junk.
On Sept. 20, 2012, a third clean-up was organized by David Austin of OHIP who had signed on as a community leader for a nationwide effort, the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up. Participants included members of the Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour, workers from OHIP, and young women from the Limestone Board of Education’s Focus Program, Girls Inc.
Public Education Tours
On June 9, 2012, we participated in a Water Stewardship Cycle Tour organized in cooperation with Hearthmakers. Our role was providing the Cycle Tour participants with Inner Harbour pollution issues in Douglas R. Fluhrer Park as well as in the Orchard St. Marsh and the Davis Tannery property.
On May 6, the Friends led a “Jane’s Walk” celebrating the Inner Harbour community past and present.
On May 27, 2012, we led a tour for members of Kingston’s Rotary Clubs, and on July 14, 2012, a tour for the Frontenac Heritage Foundation. In addition, we did two tours as part of the Inner Harbour Waterfront Celebration in September of 2012.
Public Education Sessions
On each Wednesday afternoon in July, 2012, Matt Ellerbeck, Kingston’s Salamander Man, came to Douglas R. Fluhrer Park to educate interested families about Inner Harbour amphibians and reptiles, bringing his live turtles, snakes and reptiles.
On Sept 14-16, we held an Inner Harbour Waterfront Celebration that included informative displays from the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY, the Frontenac Heritage Foundation, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network, the Friends of the Phoebe, the Marine Museum, the K&P Trail, Parks Canada’s Voyageur Canoe replica, the Brigantine, the Friends of the Rideau, the Water Keepers, Save the Salamanders, Mac Freeman with his restored St. Lawrence skiffs, Andy Soper with his historical display of metal splicing as well as tours of the historic Woolen Mill and Inner Harbour Heritage tours.
On Oct 21, 2012, a public lecture was given about heritage and environmental issues in the Inner Harbour to Quill (Queen’s Institute for Lifelong Learning)
On Dec 2, 2012, a presentation was made to the Daughters of the American Revolution in Toronto about our work preserving and enhancing Kingston’s Inner Harbour.