Memorial Centre

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!

PLANNING ITEMS:
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. https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/napier-street

  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. http://www.sageprestige.com/ 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. https://www.facebook.com/MemorialCentreFarmersMarket

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. http://www.lovingspoonful.org/
  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. http://www.ktownkids.net/

  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! http://www.marthastable.ca/
  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 www.limestoneplayers.ca
  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 rgold2@cogeco.ca 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. http://sockswarminghearts.com/
  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. https://eccentricvocalensemble.com/
  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 .https://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/public-engagement Please complete the survey by Friday, June 9, 2017.

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

Hot Summer Happenings

Yes it’s a hot one, and we hope that you are having fun, staying cool, and keeping safe through this summer. Here are a few items of interest and a request for volunteers.

1. August 21st – Picnic in the Park

The Williamsville Community Association is working with the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market to organize fun and games for all ages for Picnic in the Park. This event will be held on Sunday August 21st. Come and enjoy some fresh corn and watermelon with your friends and neighbours. There will be music plus all the regular market booths.

We need some volunteers to help with the games and to sit at our community table to tell people about our association. Please call Joan at 613 545-9862 if you have a couple of hours to spare to help out between 10AM and 1PM.

2. Official Plan Open House

Draft 4 is now available for review. There is an open house Wednesday August 10th at City Hall starting at 5:00pm and presentation on Draft 4 at 6:00pm.

“We continue to refine the Official Plan Update with input from the public and we want to show how that input has been reflected in this latest revision of this important, city-shaping document,” says Greg Newman, manager, policy planning. Get more information about the plan from the City’s website.

3. Construction at the M-Centre

If you have noticed something going on at the grandstand, here’s what’s happening. There is also some work happening around the barns.

The grandstands at the Memorial Centre are undergoing a facelift. Work to repair the concrete grandstands begins July 27 and take approximately three weeks. For safety purposes, construction fencing will be put up around the grandstands and that area of the facility will be unavailable for public use until the work is completed. The rest of the Memorial Centre remains open to residents. Memorial Centre is located at 303 York St. and is home to the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market, held on Sundays during the summer months. Construction updates will be posted on the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and online.

If you have any questions pleas contact Adam McCluskey, PMP Manager, Recreation Facilities Community Services Group City of Kingston

See this link to the Whig for an article on the work.

4. Age Friendly Project research

Can you help with this research? Do you consider your community AGE-FRIENDLY? If you have views on this question, and would like to be interviewed by a member of a research team from Queen’s University, please contact us:

  • By phone 613-533-6000 ext. 75641
  • By email 12jlc13@queensu.ca

The interview will take 15 to 30 minutes at a location and time which is mutually convenient for you and the interviewer.

Visit this website for more information about the Age-Friendly Communities – Friendly for Whom Project (The AFC Project).

5. Pedestrian Safety on Sir John A. update

The staff proposal will be presented and considered at the City Council meeting tomorrow evening. City Hall Chamber, 7:30 pm – 11 pm, Item N. For media coverage on the issue, visit the Whig.

See the documents associated with the proposal on the City website.

As always, please support our Williamsville businesses and agencies.

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

The social 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

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.

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.

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

Walks are 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.

Williamsville 2016

Dear Neighbours,

We are well in to the new year and even passed Groundhog Day relatively unscathed. We hope you are getting out and about in this mild and snowless winter. Here is an update on happenings and a few things you may wish to get involved with.

1. Official Plan Review Public Meeting

Tuesday February 23rd, 2016 Special Meeting of Council (City Hall) starts at 6:00pm in Council Chambers. This is a reminder about the importance of this special ‘Public’ Official Plan Review Meeting which is being held by Council to determine the scope of the work to be undertaken in updating the current Plan. All are welcome to attend and also to make an oral or written presentation if you have particular concerns.

2. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

The Market as made a successful transition to its indoor location in Princess Street United Church Hall (corner of Princess & Albert). The market runs Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm until end of April. Come out for fresh produce, prepared foods, and a variety of local products, entertainment and kids activities. http://memorialcentrefarmersmarket.ca/

3. Williamsville Historical Chronology

The chronology can be found on the web at: http://archive.cityofkingston.ca/pdf/planning/urbandesign/Williamsville_HeritageChronology.pdf

Prepared by Dr. Jennifer McKendry as part of the Williamsville Main Street Study, it provides interesting details, maps and images on the history of our Williamsville community.

4. Coalition of Kingston Communities

The Coalition was initiated after the November Official Plan public meeting. Made up of 12 community associations and community groups, the Coalition is dedicated to improving the processes of civic engagement and accountability of City Council and City Staff, in order to further the well being of Kingston. The Coalition is currently focussed on improving planning processes and the 5-Year Official Plan Review. http://www.thewhig.com/2015/11/23/community-watchdog-groups-form-coalition

Members of the Williamsville Community Association were involved in developing a Planning Brief for the Coalition. Currently the number of people represented by the organizations involved in the Coalition is estimated at between 3,000 and 5,000. At this point more than 20 groups have expressed an interest in the Coalition. If you have an interest in the work of the Coalition please contact us for information on how to get involved.

5. Jane’s Walks

The Williamsville Community Association is once again taking a lead role in co-ordinating Jane’s Walks across the city for the weekend of May 7th-8th, 2016. The first planning session will take place soon. If you are interested in assisting with Jane’s Walks please contact us.

6. "Our Neighbourhood" Meeting

A General Meeting of the Our Neighbourhood group will be held at the Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario Street, on Wednesday March 2nd at 7:00pm. For more info on Our Neighbourhood http://www.ourneighbourhood.ca/

7. Looking for fun healthy activities in Williamsville?

There are many opportunities for a variety of activities in Williamsville and the very close periphery of our community. Here is a quick list of some:

If you have others that you would like to suggest, please let us know.

8. Williamsville Community Association Spring Town Hall

The town hall is scheduled for Monday April 18th, 2016. Details coming soon.

The next meeting of the WCA working group is Monday February 15th. If you would like to get more involved in WCA or attend the next meeting please contact us.

Summer’s Nearly Over

Dear Neighbours,

The winds of change are blowing in a new season and we hope you are all gearing up for a great fall. Here are some community events and activities happening in Williamsville:

1. Kingston Fall Fair – 185th

Starts Thursday September 17th and runs to Sunday September 20th. Be sure to check out the displays, farm animals and the midway, have some fair food and see all the events from the heavy horse draw to the antique tractor races, country music competition, auctions, petting zoo and more. See here for a schedule of events

2. 5678 Dance Studio – Grand opening

Sunday September 20th from 1-4pm at 365 Nelson, corner of Nelson & Concession. Now taking fall registrations. For more info see the studio’s website

3. Kingston Archery Club

– fall lessons begin September 26th. Registration is now open and take place in the basement of St. Luke’s, Princess and Nelson.

4. Kingston School of Art

Classes start week of September 21st and celebrating 20 years in the community. For more info see the school’s website

5. Wednesday September 30th – Bridge & Luncheon

At St. Luke’s at noon. $10 per person, please call 613-542-5501 to register. Located at 325 Nelson.

6. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

Don’t forget, this Sunday only, the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market will relocate to the front lawn of the M-Centre.

The next working group meeting of the WCA is on Monday September 21st. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

Nearly Summer

Dear Neighbours,

There are several things to take note of for Williamsville, including a request for feedback and some upcoming events:

Expansion of the University District – We need your feedback

The City has received a request from the Alma Mater Society to implement Phase 2 of the University District signage and extend the northern boundary of the University District from Johnson Street to Princess Street in accordance with the map below. The Alma Mater Society is interested in comments from residents of Williamsville District where the expansion of the University District would take place. Further information is in this letter from the AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner Matt Kussin where you can also find links to the map and other AMS initiatives.

By return email to Joan Bowie, could you indicate your thoughts. Some possible responses for your consideration:

  • I am in favour of the proposed expansion of the University District to Princess Street.
  • I think that the University District is a good idea but that it should remain as it is for now.
  • I am in favour of extending the University District north from Johnson Street to Brock Street
  • I have another idea __________________________________________________

Please send your comments by email to Joan Bowie at joanbowie@cogeco.ca Thanks

Mother’s Day opening was a huge success at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market

The market, featuring all local produce and crafts, runs outdoors every Sunday 9 to 2 at 303 York St. As well as local food to take home, there is a food court, music and a children’s entertainment tent. For details of what is happening visit the market’s Facebook page.

Also located at the Memorial Centre this summer are cycling ambassadors who run a program to promote safe cycling. Sponsored by Cycle Kingston out of the Memorial Centre, they are running a Pedal and Paddle summer camp, which runs July 6 to 10 and again on July 13 to 17 and is for kids 12 to 14.

Cycle Week – June 1 to 7

To help celebrate Cycle Week the Williamsville Community Association, Cycle Kingston and the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market are hosting “Bike to Market Day” on Sunday May 31st. This event will feature games and biking decorating for children in the area of the Farmers’ Market. Please check back to the Market Facebook page for more details closer to the date.

4.Victoria Park Revitalization Meeting June 3 at 7:00 PM

At St. Joseph/St. Mary’s School Gym (671 Brock St.). Join City staff and Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc. as two design concepts for Victoria Park are presented. Come out and review the designs and offer your feedback on which design you would like to see built.

Kingston Kid’s Triathlon – Saturday June 20

Starting at 8:00am to noon at the Memorial Centre. For more info see the triathlon’s website or email ktownkidstri@gmail.com to volunteer.

Williamsville Town Hall Meeting: April 20, 2015

Sue Bazely, co-chair of the Williamsville Community Association, welcomed those present and provided an introduction. She referred to our Mission Statement on view and called attention to the logo designed by local artist, Nancy Douglas.

WCA INTRO AND REVIEW OF YEAR’S ACTIVITIES

Sue Bazely reviewed activities during the past year that included:

  • A reference to the BIG FIRE at Princess and Victoria Sts. noting that there continue to be concerns re the damage caused by the fire and consequent costs. She noted that the Fire Marshal’s Report is long overdue.
  • Involvement with Queen’s University included input from Catherine Wright, Queen’s AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner, who attended our Planning Group meetings and provided information re the naming of the University District, observance of by-laws, garbage collection, recycling and housing. Ariel Gonzalez took over from Catherine Wright as the new Municipal Affairs Commissioner and was a valuable liaison with Queen’s as he provided much to our meetings. John Grenville and Joan Bowie of the Williamsville Association Planning Group attended meetings and provided in put re the Queen’s Master Plan. They also interact with Queen’s through the Near Campus Neighbourhoods Advisory Committee.
  • Involvement with Williamsville Business Owners continues to be a priority. Meetings were arranged with KEDCO and with DOWNTOWN KINGSTON BIA to discuss ways and means of involving business owners who suffered through a long summer of street disruptions due to sewer and water supply improvements.
  • Association Membership with a fee of $10 was presented and endorsed at the Town Hall Meeting in April 2014. Recruitment of members is ongoing and we are looking for someone to serve as membership secretary.
  • Planning for Fall, Fun, Fit’n Food Event on September 13 this year with Joan Bowie looking for sponsors and participants. Last year’s event took place in a heavy downpour but the activities took place and we thank Joan Bowie for her hard work as she got quite wet but continued to sell tickets for prizes.
  • Development Watch Activities with leadership from John Grenville resulted in a lobbying effort directed to our City Councillors with regard to a high density purpose-built development proposed for 495-513 Frontenac St. The Councillors turned the development down but there is a May Ontario Municipal Board hearing filed by developer Jay Patry.
  • Involvement with Other Community Groups is a priority with our Association and we welcomed members of SAVE OUR SCHOOLS and THE AGRICULATURAL ASSOCIATION to a June Meeting. A joint meeting in December was held with the SYDENHAM DISTRICT ASSOCIATION and we are also in contact with THE KINGSCOURT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. A future meeting with all community associations is planned to co-ordinate our activities.
  • Jane Jacob’s Walks will take place on May 2 and 3 with walks happening in McBurney Park on Bagot St., Barriefield Village, the Inner Harbour and the Memorial Centre. John Grenville was thanked for taking the lead in co-ordinating the walks. The website for Jane’s Walks can be found here.
  • Memorial Centre Farmers’Market continues to thrive and attract more Kingstonians wanting to buy locally grown food. The new season begins on May 13, Mother’s Day. Joan Bowie is now on the Farmers’ Market Board of Directors taking over from Sue Bazely.

MEMBERSHIP

Pat Hodge, co-chair of the Association, spoke to the merits of paid memberships in the Association citing the need for the financial ability to pay rental costs for our Town Hall meetings, the need for money to put on more and enhanced community activities such as the Fall, Fun, Fit’n Food Event, and the need to fund possible involvements in Ontario Municipal Board hearings in order to maintain our stable neighbourhoods.

Some funding is also needed to help Williamsville Princess St. business owners to come together to form a united body in order to strengthen and market these businesses.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Kid’s Triathlon: Jason Trueman spoke about the Kid’s Triathlon, June 20th, Memorial Centre, 303 York St. for kids, 4-13 yrs. He mentioned the closing of Nelson St. except for local traffic in order to keep kids safe. Police will be in attendance as well as many volunteers. It is hoped this will be an annual event. Registration is on now.
  • Farmers’ Market: Joan Bowie spoke of the Market’s Opening on May 10 from 9 am to 2 pm. There is an increase in the number and variety of vendors as well as an increase in those buying locally grown foods.

She is soliciting for sponsors for increased market events. Cycle Kingston will be at the Market on May 31

QUEEN’S AMS/ARIEL GONZALEZ, MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER

Ariel Gonzalez provided a PowerPoint display display that included the following headings;

  • The naming of the near campus neighbourhoods as the University District. Phase 1 has been in place for a year and has resulted in the dropping of the former designation as the Student Ghetto. Phase 2 extending the University District area will take place during the coming year and includes part of the Williamsville District.
  • The Neighbourhood Improvement Plan involves Marketing and Communications, Town Gown Relations, Sustainability, Student Housing and Community Safety.

Town Gown Relations included a successful Fall Queen’s Reunion that featured a street festival on Union St. This was largely judged to be a big improvement over previous Fall Reunions.

Sustainability included a Recycling Bin Giveaway, the AMS Busit Program, the Scramble Crossing at Union and University Avenue, a Greenovations Committee and a Bikes and Boards Shop.

Marketing and Communications included 112 new Street signs re the University District designation, the University District Facebook Page, Residence Posters, Orientation Week Address and Print Media

Student Housing included Housing Talks, University District Housing Website, a Housing Grievance Centre, Student Maintenance and Resource Team and University District Urban Design Study.

Community Safety included the University District Brite Program, Walkhome, Blue Light Messaging, SeQure App, and Holiday House Check.

There was interest in the SmartTeam doing neighbourhood clean-ups and some of those present indicated that they might like to sign up for this service.

Matt (didn’t get his last name), the new AMS Municipal Affairs Commissioner, was present at the Town Hall and was invited to attend our monthly Planning Group meetings.

KEDCO’S NEW PLAN/DONNA GILLESPIE

Donna Gillespie, Marketing Manager, provided and spoke to a PowerPoint presentation of KEDCO’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 KINGSTON 20/20 with the goal of 5,000 jobs and $500 Million new investment.

  • now there is growth of about 600-700 jobs per year and $60M GDP growth
  • high growth potential: Agri-Business/Food Processing, Information Communication Technology, Defence and Security, R & D, Small Business, Green Chemistry, Healthcare, Tourism, and Innovation
  • existing sector strengths are: Food and Beverage, Government Services, Healthcare, Education, Logistics and Distribution, Chemicals, Small Business, Tourism and R & D.
  • KEDCO’s MISSION: Provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston’s unique assets to create jobs and investment in order to sustain, grow and transform Kingston’s economy to meet the needs of the 21st century. We aim to be one of Canada’s leading economies. (KEDCO Presentation Slides)

KEDCO’s Core Area of Focus are Business Marketing and Tourism Marketing and Development with Business Support Services provided.

KEDCO measures its performance with jobs created/retained, amount of new investment in Kingston, consultations and business assists, sales calls/company visits, economic impact of events and opportunities created.

In reply to questions re KEDCO’s role in striving to keep graduating Queen’s and St. Lawrence College students in Kingston, Ms. Gillespie replied that there is active liaison with both and that the ability to keep students here depends on jobs available.

There is interest in revitalization what is called the “old industrial area” and recognition of its potential.

CITY’S OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW/RACHEL QUITKAT/PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Rachel Quitcat of the City’s Planning Department provided a PowerPoint presentation:

  • the Planning Act requires a 5-year update of the City’s Official Plan and that involves:
  • the incorporation of past studies recommendations
  • engage stakeholders on issues and opportunities
  • enhance the Official Plan: orderly growth, good development, responsible conservation, continued prosperity and high quality of life to 2036.

Work completed and underway is taken into account and a Background Report will be presented to the Planning Committee on May 21.

Provincial Planning issues include: setting minimum density targets to promote compact development, new environmental mapping, climate change and natural hazards, promoting on-farm economic development and protecting cultural heritage and archaeological resources.

Local Planning issues include: continue revitalization and intensification, enhance urban design and innovative building design, protection for stable neighbourhoods, strengthen cultural heritage policies, strong guidance for converting employment land, planning for affordable housing, strong guidance for estate residential development, re-examine woodland mapping and policies and strive to be Canada’s most sustainable city.

There is a need for 24 more hectares of employment (industrial) land.

The Official Plan Review Process invites response from the community with the OP webpage update.

Ms. Quitcat responded to a question re the Williamsville Main St. Study to say that the Study is already implemented into the Official Plan. The by-laws are to be incorporated by next year.

PODIUM DEVELOPMENTS UPCOMING WORK/BERNARD LUTTMER AND OSKAR JOHANSSON

Architects’ drawings were on view showing the buildings to be erected at University and Princess St.

Bernard Luttmer said that they were pleased that City Council has given the development unanimous approval and construction is to begin in the summer of gateway landmark buildings. A new team of architects, Sweeny & Co. has been engaged as they specialize in integrating buildings into the community. Park space was shown with 343’ of frontage and an area of 8,000 sq. ft. Hope was expressed that the City might add to the park space.

Those present gathered to view the drawings and to ask questions. Reaction seemed to be favourable.

COUNCILLLOR JIM NEILL/QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Councilor Jim Neill praised Podium Development for their provision of significant park space. He said that too often money in lieu of park space ended up developing park space at sites other than that being developed.

In answer to a question re the decision concerning closure of KCVI and QECVI, he spoke of a plan B that would see QECVI developed as an education centre. (Since then, the Limestone Board of Education decided to build both an elementary school and a new high school on the QECVI site.)

He spoke favourably of the Council’s priorities and said that he expected more progress in comparison with the previous Council’s term that seemed to focus on projects with a lot of time spent on the casino issue and the district boundaries.

The Town Hall adjourned at approximately 9:30 pm.

Volunteer Call Out for Market

Dear Neighbours,

The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market gets underway on May 10th and the Market Manager is asking for volunteers. Please have a look at the below request.

We want YOU to volunteer for our market this season!

The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market is seeking energetic volunteers who are keen to help shape our local food system. Ideal candidates will think spending a morning or afternoon at the market is the bees knees!

What can I do?

  • Set up 7:30-9:30 am and take-down 1:30-2:30pm
  • Information table 9:00-11:00am or 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Run Kids Tent Activities 10:00am-1:00pm

We ask all volunteers commit to at least one Sunday per month. Come out and see your local food movement in action!

Contact Emma Barken for more details or to get started!

613.572.7059 or memorialcentremarket@gmail.com