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It’s Summer

Yes, summer is here and there are lots of things that need attention, but most of all it’s a time for fun, family and some relaxation. There are a few things upcoming for Williamsville that you may wish to take note of:

1. July 6 – Richardson Stadium Revitalization

There is a Richardson Stadium revitalization information session happening on July 6 as part of Queen’s ongoing consultation and outreach process. Members of the project team will be on hand to provide an update to the community on the construction of the stadium and to answer any questions or address concerns about the project.

The information session takes place Wednesday, July 6 at 6 pm in room 101 of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies building at 28 Division St. Further information is available on the Richardson Stadium revitalization website.

2. July 10 – M-Centre Market moves to the grass

Yes, starting Sunday the market will locate in the lush shade of the grassed area in front of the arena building. Check their Facebook page for updates and events and happenings.

3. Parking Ratios for New Developments

The City of Kingston invites local builders and residents to a meeting on proposed updates to parking ratios for building projects in the Williamsville Main Street, downtown and harbour areas and the Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw. Two meetings take place:

  • Wednesday July 13th from 1 pm in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
  • Thursday July 14th, 9 am in Meeting Rm C, INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.

“Because the City wants to continue to encourage intensification in its core, we need to find a fair way to address the potential parking demand associated with greater use of our downtown and Williamsville areas,” says Marnie Venditti, senior manager, client relations and development services. Builders are required to supply a certain number of parking spaces for a site under development. The proposed updates outline suggested parking ratios that are appropriate for the types of redevelopment expected in these areas and reflect active transportation options, such as transit, cycling and walking. The updated parking ratios will provide a basis for an updated Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw and offer an additional opportunity for builders to meet the number of parking spaces required for their building site. The City’s planning division and transportation services department have been working with the consultant MMM Group to finalize the proposed updates to the bylaws which will change a number of the parking ratios required by City zoning and expand the City’s Cash-in-Lieu of Parking Bylaw’s scope and area.

An information report on this effort will go to the planning committee at its July 7 meeting.

Marnie Venditti, MCIP, RPP
Senior Manager, Client Relations & Development Services
Building Planning and Licensing Services

4. City still seeks input on upgrades to Memorial Centre and Third Avenue playgrounds

The meeting is over but you can still provide input by email. Send comments by email to Laurie Paquin by July 15.

Concept plans are on the City’s website.

Information on Third Ave and other parks – just scroll down to Memorial Centre Park or whichever park you would like to find out about.

Please note that all the existing playground equipment at the M-Centre will stay, but may be moved to add the proposed new structures.

As always, please continue to support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and organizations.
The next meeting of the WCA takes place July 18th. Please get in touch if you are interested in being involved.

A Couple More Things

There are a couple more items that missed the previous circulation – Playground improvements at the M-Centre and Third Avenue Park, and summer programs at the Kingston School of Art.

1. City seeks input on upgrades to Memorial Centre and Third Avenue playgrounds

Wednesday June 29th from 7:00 – 9:00pm at St Peter Catholic School, 48 Seventh Ave. If you can’t make the meeting you can provide input by email. We’ve been waiting for these for a couple of years, so please come out and let your voice be heard!

Come learn about proposed playground improvements for the Memorial Centre playground and surrounding park area and Third Avenue Park. The City of Kingston is seeking your input at a public meeting set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at St. Peter Catholic School, 48 Seventh Ave.

  • Proposed improvements to Third Avenue Park include a new playground, seating, pathways and landscaping.
  • Proposed improvements to the playground and surrounding park area at the Memorial Centre include additional playground equipment, seating, picnic tables and pathways.

The City is also seeking feedback on accessibility as it relates to both sites under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), in accordance with Ontario Regulation 191/11.

You may also offer your input by email by July 15.

The press release for the public meeting for the playground upgrades for the Memorial Centre and the park improvements for Third Avenue Park is now posted.

The meeting is included on the ‘Get Involved’ page on the City’s website.

Information is also available on the City’s website under Parks Development. The City will update this information to include conceptual designs prior to June 29th.

2. Summer Programs at the Kingston School of Art

Summer Art Camps, for kids 5 – 12 years old in July and August. For more information visit their website.

REMINDERS

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!

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.

Summer Archery Lessons – 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.

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.