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Williamsville Late Spring Update

There are several items coming up in the next few weeks that may be of interest from parking and pedestrian crossings to strawberry socials and archery. Please take a look and see what interests you concerning Williamsville.

1. Wednesday June 15th – On-street parking program Public Information Session – The City is hosting an information session about on-street parking concerns and program options within the Williamsville area next Wednesday, June 15th at 6pm in the auditorium of St. Luke’s Church at 236 Nelson Street. City staff are aware of some of the parking concerns faced by residents in the area, primarily related to non-resident use of the on-street parking supply, raised by residents and the WCA last fall. Please attend this meeting to learn more about the program and provide input on the parking concerns that you have in the area. See the map of the area under consideration (Princess, Macdonnell, Concession, Division) and if you cannot attend you can email comments to Ian Semple, transportation service development manager at isemple@cityofkingston.ca or call 546-4291 ext. 2306.

2. June & July – Free workshop to manage home drainage – Learning how storm water and rainfall should be handled on a property can help conserve water and reduce the risk of water damage, while helping to protect neighbours from basement flooding and sewage back-ups. Utilities Kingston invites homeowners to participate in a free workshop to help them manage excess water on their property and prevent basement flooding, and comply with the City of Kingston’s “Sewer Use By-law”. Register today using the online form.

Have standing water on your property? Notice your sump pump running frequently? The Everything Drainage workshop is for you. It’s also for homeowners who would like to make every raindrop count to conserve tap water.

You will learn:

  • Home Drainage 101
  • Simple, do-it-yourself drainage solutions
  • About the Preventative Plumbing Program – the popular financial assistance program to help homeowners install plumbing measures that reduce the risk of sewage back-ups and basement flooding
  • How to manage standing or excess water using landscaping and rainscaping techniques

The three-hour workshop, offered at the times below, takes place at the Utilities Kingston Water Conservation Garden, 1211 John Counter Blvd.

  • Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m.

To register, use our quick and easy-to-use online form or call 613-546-0000 and say ‘conservation’.

3. Pedestrian Safety while crossing Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard – concerns have been raised about the lack of safe pedestrian crossings between Bath Road and Johnson Street. The recently formed Sir John A Macdonald Safety Working Group has been meeting and discussing the issue with councillors for Williamsville, Portsmouth and Sydenham Districts and city staff. An online petition has been organized and outlines the details of the concerns. The working group, made up of residents from Williamsville, Portsmouth and Sydenham, would appreciate neighbourhood support to help bring about a solution. Please go to the working group’s webpage for more information and to sign the petition.

4. St. Luke’s Strawberry Social Wednesday June 22nd – takes place at 236 Nelson St. at 6:00pm. Adults $8, children $4. Come enjoy fresh berries atop cake and ice cream. Plus the bake table features all kinds of homemade pies, cakes, cookies, as well as fresh picked berries for sale. Don’t miss out!

5. Summer Archery Lessons – begin July 7th to August 25th. If you’re looking for something fun to try this summer why not learn archery at the Kingston Archery Club. Eight one-hour lessons for beginners and advanced beginners at the indoor range at St. Luke’s 236 Nelson St. For more information and registration details go to the club’s website.

6. Skeleton Park Festival starts June 22nd – Skeleton Park Arts Fest and the concurrent MPNA solstice games are coming soon! Why not join our neighbours to the east?

The Festival will be held this year, June 22-26. The park starts getting busy on Friday, June 24, and the busiest days in the park will be Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. See the festival website to get yourself up to date with all the coming events. Be sure to check out the Friends of Skeleton Park portion of the website to see opportunities to contribute. Please consider contributing your volunteer time, or making a financial contribution to support this great neighbourhood event.

As always please support our local Williamsville businesses and agencies, and remember the market is in full swing Sundays 9am to 2pm at the M-Centre. You might even catch a bit of cricket!

The next working group meeting of the WCA takes place Monday June 20th. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us.

Williamsville Spring, or is it Summer, is Here!

Dear Neighbours,

Yes, looks like spring has arrived in full force and it is now more like summer. Here are a few events and activities that you may be interested in attending, supporting or participating in:

1. Kingston Transit Service Review – Community input will help shape the Transit Service Plan for the next five years. Your feedback is important so please complete the online survey as soon as you can. Closes May 27th, 2016.

2. M-Centre Playground and Victoria Park – if you are wondering what is going on with these two Williamsville park upgrades, here is an update from the city.

They hope to meet with the community in late June on both the Memorial Centre playground expansion and the Third Avenue Park playground renovation. The concept plans are coming together well. They should be able to provide a more firm date soon.

The Victoria Park renovation project is at the contractor selection phase. It is a very complicated project, taking much more time than anticipated, and the community is thanked for its patience. If all goes according to plan, construction should start late summer/early fall. Updates will be provided when available.

3. M-Centre Market – after a successful indoor winter market, the MCFM moved outside on May 8th for the season. The market has increased in size and scope with new vendors in both crafts and food including a couple of bakeries, a cider company and a chocolatier!

Over the season many fun and food events are planned including Local Food Week, The Zucchini 500, Picnic in the Park and the Burger Bash. Regular features such as yoga classes, live music, cooking demos and the kid’s tent are up and running. Please visit their Facebook page for details of what is happening each week. Official opening is during local food week June 12th.

4. Health & Wellness opportunities – seminars and classes in Williamsville at Taylored Training and Janati Yoga

Taylored Training Seminar Series – Join these Williamsville fitness studio coaches for insights into a variety of fitness and wellness topics. Each month Taylored Training hosts a seminar on a focused topic in the realm of health and fitness. Although conceived and designed for members, this series is available to the Kingston Community at a nominal cost. TT’s mission is to change the way people experience fitness and more importantly to educate and inspire our community! You can keep updated on monthly seminars available by checking their website OR their facebook fanpage

Upcoming seminars at 574 Princess St. at Frontenac:
June 25th 11am
Powerlifting, Strength Training, Bone Health and Empowering Women to be Strong! Presented by Vanessa Gigiuere M.Sc, NSCA – CPT

July (Date TBD)
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (you don’t have to just ‘deal with incontinence’) – You don’t have to just ‘deal with it’. Presented by Cassie Dionne PT, BPHE, MScPT

Janati Yoga – offers free community yoga classes at the M-Centre Market from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. See them on the lawn from 10:00 to 11:00 am. For more info on Janati Yoga visit them at 16 Bath Road, unit 21 or their website

As always, please support out Williamsville businesses and agencies.

The next WCA working group meeting is June 20th. If you are interested in getting involved please contact us.

Williamsville in May and More

Dear Neighbours,
There’s a lot happening in May in Williamsville and across the city so here is a list of events and activities you may wish to attend. And don’t forget about Mario Andretti on Thursday May 5th at Fielding’s Tire & Auto 10:45 to 12:30.

1. Official Plan Review Process – Open House: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5:00pm Memorial Hall, City Hall 216 Ontario Street The Open House will include an informal opportunity to review the revised OP schedules and policy sections followed by a presentation by staff (at 6:30pm) and an opportunity for formal input by interested members of the public.

Public Meeting: Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:30pm Council Chambers, City Hall 216 Ontario Street. A statutory public meeting will discuss the third draft of the OP.

2. Jane’s Walks – May 7th and 8th – Jane’s Walk is an annual international event, named for the late Jane Jacobs who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Best known for her influence on urban studies and her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) Jane introduced the concepts of “eyes on the street” and “social capital”. Her grassroots efforts stimulated residents’ interest in their own neighbourhoods and precipitated a world-wide phenomenon of volunteer citizen-led tours. Come for a stimulating selection of tours on a variety of subjects throughout Kingston including at the Inner Harbour, Barriefield Heritage District, Williamsville Main Street, Old Sydenham Heritage District, the Insane Asylum and Church of the Good Thief.

Our own Williamsville walk takes place Sunday May 8th starting at 10:30am departing from 449 Princess Street next to Shopper’s at Division and ends at the water tower on Tower Street. Was there really a bridge across Princess Street at Alfred? Why are there so many empty lots? Why did the British military buy all of the land between University Avenue and Nelson? What developments have been approved and are planned for Williamsville Main Street? How long has there been a water tower on Tower Street? Where is the hamlet of Williamsville? Join the tour for an eclectic mix of information and an enjoyable walk up Princess Street with your neighbours.

3. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – you know the outdoor season has begun when … opening day is Sunday May 8th at the M-Centre from 10am to 2pm. See you at the Market!

4. City of Kingston: Developing a Communications Strategy – The City is hosting three public workshops (registration required) to gather input into a public engagement strategy that will guide when and how the City consults with you about City work.

For full details, go to the City’s website

5. St. Luke’s Ham Dinner – on Saturday May 14th at 6pm head over to St. Luke’s, 236 Nelson Street, for a Ham Dinner. Tickets are $15 please call 542-5501 Monday to Friday before noon to reserve yours, advance sales only.

Events coming soon to nearby neighbourhoods:

Skeleton Park Arts Festival will be held this year, June 22-26, see the website to see what’s getting put together.

VISION FOR KINGSTON MEETING – Are high rises really the best solution for population densification in Kingston’s downtown?
Panel discussion followed by Q&A. Panelists speaking from a variety of perspectives include Helen Finley (Heritage Advocate), Prof. Robert MacDermid (York University Finance Specialist), Laurie Davey-Quantick (Downtown Business Owner), Christine Sypnowich (Chair, Coalition of Kingston Communities), Patricia Streich (Queen’s School of Urban and Regional Planning) and John LeBlancq (Design/Builder). IN ADDITION – Tim Soper has created an AMAZING SCALE MODEL with moveable buildings showing the effects of the proposed high rises on the downtown and how alternatives can work better. Tim will be available from 6 pm to share his model and answer any questions you might have.
Date: Wed, May 11, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Location: Wilson Room, Downtown Public Library, Johnson St.


Commuter Challenge Info Session, May 10
– This year’s Commuter Challenge will take place June 5th to June 11th, 2016. The aim is to encourage individuals in the City of Kingston to take a more sustainable form of transportation (e.g., transit, cycling, walking, carpool) for their daily commuting to work – or play! As persons and/or employees track their active commuting on the National Commuter Challenge website they will be able to see the total kilometers traveled, litres of fuel saved and reduction in carbon footprint. The info session will help you:

  • get prepared for the Commuter Challenge,
  • network with other local Commuter Challenge champions,
  • maximize employee and individual participation, and
  • come away with innovative and creative ideas for the week!

Date: Tues, May 10th, 2016
Time: 8:30 to10:00 am.
Location: KFL&A Public Health Office, 221 Portsmouth Ave Kingston Ontario
Please RSVP to peter.bearse@kflapublichealth.ca by Fri, MAY 5, 2016

Kingston Community House, 99 York St – Annual fundraising evening in association with the Domino Theatre – 12 Angry Men
Date: Wed, May 4
Time: 8 pm
Location: Domino Theatre
More info
Contact: Daniel at 343-989-0930, or daniel.beals@gmail.com.
Kingston Community House has a 30+ year tradition of offering an affordable central space for community members and organizations to meet and come together to learn, share, and grow. Find out more on their website.

The next meeting of the WCA Working Group takes place Monday May 16th. Please contact us if you wish to come out and join the discussion.

Williamsville Upcoming Events & News

Dear Neighbours,

If we all think good spring thoughts it will surely come – sunshine, a little rain, migrating critters and green buds. In the mean time …

1. Pancake Breakfast and more – Sunday April 10th 10am until supplies run out – at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market and Princess Street United, in partnership, 484 Albert Street. Adults $5 and $2.50 for kids. The market runs Sundays 10am to 2pm until May when it will return to the M-Centre. Come for live music, kids’ activities, produce, meats, hot food, preserves, handmade items.

2. Williamsville Community Association Spring Town Hall Meeting – Monday April 18th, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Hosted by Don Cherry’s Sports Grill, 692 Princess St. – We hope you will attend to find out more about Williamsville and meet your neighbours.

  • 7:00 – Welcome & introductions
  • WCA – annual update summary
  • Retrospective of Williamsville Main Street Study – Greg Newman, City of Kingston
  • Rebuilding a business in Williamsville – Jennifer Brejak, Don Cherry’s Sports Grill
  • Project updates – Podium Developments
  • Q & A with your Williamsville Councillor – Jim Neill
  • 9:00 to ?? – Social after meeting

We hope to see you there!

3. Official Plan Review Open House – Two open houses have been scheduled for the month of April geared to raising awareness of the Official Plan and the revisions proposed in Draft.

Open House 1: Sunday, April 17, 2016 11:30am – 3:00pm Artillery Park Aquatic Centre 382 Bagot Street
Open House 2: Sunday, April 24, 2016 11:30am – 3:00pm INVISTA Centre 1350 Gardiners Road
The Sunday open houses will involve both an informal opportunity to engage with City staff and an opportunity to participate in activities including free public swimming and skating, City-building with Lego, a “visioning wall” (i.e., draw your future City), and an “Official Plan Passport” (i.e., visit OP information booths, get your passport stamped at each booth, and collect all stamps for your chance to win a one year City of Kingston Recreation Centres Family Wellness Membership).

The City is working to release a third draft of the Official Plan by April 29, 2016; a copy will be posted on the City’s website on or before this date and will be made available at 1211 John Counter Boulevard as well as several local libraries. An Open House to discuss the third draft of the OP will be held as follows:

Open House: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5:00pm Memorial Hall, City Hall 216 Ontario Street
The Open House will include an informal opportunity to review the revised OP schedules and policy sections followed by a presentation by staff (at 6:30pm) and an opportunity for formal input by interested members of the public. A statutory public meeting will follow the above-noted open houses to discuss the third draft of the OP.

Public Meeting: Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:30pm Council Chambers, City Hall 216 Ontario Street
For any questions feel free to call or send me an email to:
Greg Newman, MCIP, RPP Manager, Policy Planning City of Kingston
Tel: 613-546-4291 x 3289
Email: gnewman@cityofkingston.ca

4. Events at Princess Street United in April – here are a couple of events hosted by Princess Street United Church 484 Albert Street that you can attend:

  • Saturday April 16 8:30am -12:30pm Spring Rummage Sale
  • Thursday April 21 Dessert and Card Party ~ Euchre and Bridge at 7:00 pm Tickets $8.

Other Reminders:

5. Bridge & Luncheon – Wednesday April 13th noon at St Luke’s Church Hall 236 Nelson Street. Tickets are $10 per person, please call 613-542-5501 to reserve a table.

6. Meet Racing Legend Mario Andretti – Thursday May 5th don’t forget to come out and meet him right here in Williamsville at Fielding’s Tire & Auto, your Firestone dealer, 900 Princess St. from 10:45am to 12:30pm

7. Jane’s Walk – May 7th and 8th taking place in a variety of Kingston locations.
Jane’s Walk is an annual international event, named for the late Jane Jacobs who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Here’s a 1957 quote from her when living in New York:

“No one can find what will work for our cities by … manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.”

She later moved to Toronto where she lived until her death in 2006.
“You’ve got to get out and walk” underpins the annual weekend event, held in early May to coincide with Jane Jacobs’s birthday. But “walk” is interpreted liberally, as Jane Jacobs meant that one had to get around under human power. So bicycles, tricycles, scooters and other human-moved wheels are also welcome on some of the Jane’s Walks that people create.

This year WCA will be doing a walk of Williamsville’s Main Street, and there will also be walks in Portsmouth Village, historic Sydenham District, the Inner Harbour, Barriefield Village and more. See the website for details and stay tuned as walk details are uploaded – dates and times may change so please check regularly! Do you have an idea for a walk? Would you like to contribute to building community by creating a walk? If so, please follow the directions on the website.

The next meeting of the WCA Working Group is May 16th. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

Williamsville Spring Time

Dear Neighbours,

Soon we welcome spring and people will spend more time outdoors in our Williamsville neighbourhood. We hope you will continue to enjoy what we have in our community and support our local organizations and businesses. Here are some activities and opportunities.

1. Bridge & Luncheon – Wednesday April 13th noon at St Luke’s Church Hall 236 Nelson Street. Tickets are $10 per person, please call 613-542-5501 to reserve a table.

2. Archery Lessons start April 16th – if you’ve ever wanted to try archery, you can do it right in Williamsville with the Kingston Archery Club. For details and registration go to http://kingstonarcheryclub.org/

3. Williamsville Community Association Annual Town Hall – Monday April 18th starting at 7:00pm hosted by Don Cherry’s Bar & Grill, 692 Princess Street near Victoria. Join us for:

  • A retrospective on the Williamsville Main Street Study – Greg Newman, City of Kingston
  • An update on Williamsville happenings in the past year – WCA
  • Rebuilding a business in Williamsville – Don Cherry’s Bar & Grill
  • Development plans update – Podium Developments
  • Q & A with Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill
  • Social time with your neighbours

Come out and enjoy an informative evening in the newly opened Don Cherry’s.
We encourage you to take out membership for 2016 at this time.

4. Meet Racing Legend Mario Andretti – Thursday May 5th right here in Williamsville at Fielding’s Tire & Auto, your Firestone dealer, 900 Princess St. from 10:45am to 12:30pm http://www.fieldingstireauto.ca/

5. Jane’s Walk – May 7th and 8th taking place in a variety of Kingston locations.
Jane’s Walk is an annual international event, named for the late Jane Jacobs who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Here’s a 1957 quote from her when living in New York:

No one can find what will work for our cities by … manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.

She later moved to Toronto where she lived until her death in 2006.
“You’ve got to get out and walk” underpins the annual weekend event, held in early May to coincide with Jane Jacobs’s birthday. But “walk” is interpreted liberally, as Jane Jacobs meant that one had to get around under human power. So bicycles, tricycles, scooters and other human-moved wheels are also welcome on some of the Jane’s Walks that people create.

In 2015, there were 5 walks in Kingston on Jane’s Walk weekend. You can still see them on the Jane’s Walk website at http://janeswalk.org/canada/kingston/ even though they were held last year. This year we will be doing a walk of Williamsville’s Main Street.

Stay tuned! The website will be updated as further plans firm up. But you don’t need to just wait for information from this e-newsletter or the website. Do you have an idea for a walk? Would you like to contribute to building community by creating a walk?

6. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – continues indoors at Princess Street United, corner of Princess and Albert, Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Great selection of local foods and crafts, entertainment and kids activities http://www.memorialcentrefarmersmarket.com/

The next Williamsville Community Association working group meeting takes place Monday March 21st. Please contact us if you are interested in attending and getting involved.