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
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.
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
Walks will take 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.