Almost summer in Williamsville

Dear Neighbours,
There is a lot going on in Williamsville. There are charities to support, surveys to complete, parks to visit, flower beds to weed, music to enjoy, a kids triathlon to support and more! Enjoy!

1. May 29: Napier St. Closure: On May 2nd a number of people attended an information meeting about the closure. Please take time to include your opinion on this project. May 29 is the final date to complete an online questionnaire.

  1. June 8: Prestige Development at Planning Meeting: On May 10th Councillor Jim Neill arranged a public meeting with developer Darryl Firsten and his planning team re: the Prestige Development at the south west corner of Princess and Nelson. This project will be presented to the Planning Committee on June 8th. The public is welcome to attend and give input about this proposed major development in Williamsville.
  2. The Farmers’ Market at the Memorial Centre: Every Sunday on the grass 9AM to 2PM.

June 11th – Local Food Week Celebration: Featuring interactive displays, prizes, samples, story telling for Kids, live music, and a local maple rhubarb cake by Bread and Butter Bakery!

June 18th – Fathers’ Day Picnic Bring your picnic blankets, baskets, and your whole family for a stellar morning at market. Featuring Fathers’ Day crafts and games, music by Andrew Mack Band, yoga class at 10am, and treats for Dad!

  1. Loving Spoonful: On June 4, Loving Spoonful will be back at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market to collect produce donations for Grow A Row.
  2. PARK NEWS: Upgrades to Victoria Park. Work is progressing well. Splash pad infrastructure is in place. 127 trees are being planted. It is hoped that the work will be done by the end of July.

Improvements to the Memorial Centre have begun. These will include a playground upgrade and landscaping improvements at the corner of  York and Alfred streets. The Memorial Centre splash pad opening is delayed until mid-June due to the ongoing park improvements

Tomlinson Aqua Park including the water slide will be open in June for weekend leisure swims subject to weather conditions Days: June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, Time: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
(June 24 open 1-4 p.m.)
6. The Kingston Kids Triathlon: ... RACE DAY IS SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017 … registrations are now open. This event takes place at Kingston Memorial Centre for children born between 2002 and 2013. For further details.

  1. Paint (Nite) for Martha’s Table: Upcoming fundraiser in support of Martha’s Table on Wednesday, May 31st. Martha’s Table is a low-cost community restaurant, which served 45,250 meals in 2016. With your support they’ll be able to continue serving the Kingston community. Tickets are available online for $45 each. Happy painting!
  2. Limestone Players present: Little Red Riding Hoodie, Dorothy, Pinocchio and the Wolf with Live music and puppets of course!. Friday, June 2, 7:30 PM at St Luke’s Church, 236 Nelson Street, Info 613 5429988
  3. Friends of the Memorial Centre
    On Thursday, May 4, the Friends met with Luke Follwell, Director of Recreation & Leisure Services, and Damon Wells, Director of Public Works, at City Hall to discuss maintenance and repair issues on the Memorial Centre grounds. These included the peeling paint on the letters on the walls at the Memorial Wall, neglect of shrub bed upkeep, the need for more tree replacement and maintenance, and the need for repairs or replacement of damaged features like the decorative lamp posts surrounding the racetrack. Mr. Follwell and Mr. Wells were very cooperative and took a progressive approach to addressing each specific problem and an extensive plan of action was developed! By May 10, Mr. Wells had the Public Works Dept. substantially clean-up the overgrown shrub bed along the front of the main building. May 12, Mr. Follwell followed up with a letter back to the Friends with plans for further action items.

**Now, resident of Williamsville who are gardeners, we need your help! We need folks with the interest and a little spare time to fine tune the weeding of the shrub beds, because the Works Dept. does not have the budget or manpower to constantly keep them all looking sharp. Remember that this is OUR Memorial Centre, so all you keeners out there please contact Richard Gold at to discuss working on this together. How about it?

  1. SOCKS Kingston: Princess St United Church, 484 Albert St. is now a donation location for SOCKS Kingston “There is always a need for pairs of socks in the Kingston community and your donations of women’s, men’s and children’s sizes are much appreciated.’ A labelled box is located near the entrance.
  2. Eccentric Vocal Ensemble: EVE’s annual concert on Friday, June 2, 7:30 at Princess St. United 484 Albert St. The concert will feature a mix of choral favourites in a range of styles. Tickets $20 available at the door.
  3. Public Engagement Framework survey: The City wants residents to feel welcome to offer input and ideas on projects, services and initiatives aimed at making Kingston an even better place to live. The Public Engagement Framework is meant to help encourage productive discussion through a clearly-defined process – and to show participants how their input is considered in the decision-making process. To find out more about the project visit . Please complete the survey by Friday, June 9, 2017.

Please support our Williamsville businesses, agencies and activities in our neighbourhoods and community.