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Waterfront Shoreline Promotion


All, I am posting this on behalf of David McDonald, Coordinator of the Water Access Group. He mentions a letter on some sort of letter head. The only kiteboarding related letterhead I know of would be KBK. Brian/Ken/Brent, You guys interested in drafting a letter ?

From David:
I’m writing to see if the Kingston kite sailors association (if that is what it is called) would be willing to participate in a volunteer event we are organizing along the Kingston waterfront on June 23, 2013 (please see a brief summary of the event below my signature). The plan is to get a broad range of recreational and cultural groups together to showcase the wide range of things that can be done on our shoreline, in the hopes of getting the City to invest more in our downtown waterfront. We are hoping the kite boarders would be willing to put together an information table about kite sailing at one of the info ‘hubs’ we are organizing that day. Is there someone from the organization that could write a letter like this?

We don’t need a firm commitment now, but we are applying for a grant from the Great Lakes Community Fund and a letter of support from your organization would help us demonstrate community backing and participation (an important part of the grant criteria). Ideally, your letter would say that you are supportive of the event in principle and plan to organize volunteers from your organization to take part.

The grant application is due in a couple of weeks, so we will need letters of support by Monday October 1. If you agree, you can write it to me (David McDonald, Coordinator of the Water Access Group). You can send it to me as a PDF or we can arrange to pick it up from you (ideally on some kind of letterhead if possible). I hope you can take part. Let me know if you have any questions (or suggestions!).

Regards,

David…

Shoreline Shuffle: The Good, the Bad and the Future of Kingston’s Historic Waterfront

Kingston has one of the most historic waterfronts in Ontario and has served as a cultural, political and economic hub for the region for more than 300 years. Unfortunately, we have lost sight of what this shoreline means and how it connects to our (still) vibrant downtown core. Popular swimming spots have fallen into disrepair. Waterfront paths have been broken up by condos and hotels. Residents are unaware of water quality improvements (and remaining challenges).Skating has been forgotten. No one seems to know if we can eat the fish.

The Shoreline Shuffle is intended to remind Kingstonians about this waterfront – both good and bad – showcasing a 7km stretch from the Inner Harbour to Lake Ontario Park. There will be hubs of activity along the way, bringing together a variety of community groups that use the waterfront (eg. rowers, scuba divers, kayakers, windsurfers, fishers, sailors, etc) as well as cultural groups that connect the waterfront to their music, art and writing. We also intend to highlight municipal facilities such as the water treatment plant and renovations to Richardson Beach.

Recent activities in the city have demonstrated strong community support for better waterfront amenities. Two “mass swims” have drawn over 700 people, leading to improved water access. An art project and literature exposition entitled “I Am Water” was a huge success, as was another event celebrating 300 years of boat-building in the Inner Harbour.

The challenge now is to show the public how these pieces of waterfront connect with each other, how they connect with the city, and how we could invest in an improved and contiguous downtown shoreline. There is growing municipal support for such initiatives but better public awareness is needed to highlight what we have, what we’ve lost, and what we might create in the future.

 
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David seems to be the guy deserving of support! Of all the disjointed initiatives regarding our waterfront from the municipality, He seems to be the one who is always there with the same simple message. This city needs to address its waterfront. The whole waterfront, the actual waterfront and do so in a comprehensive way. The peace meal approach that it constantly in denial of what actually needs attention drives me nuts and its nice to see someone out there organizing and pushing for a real solution. Definitely a guy to keep in touch will and support wherever and whenever possible.
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Is anyone following up on this? I think any formal event that associates us as organized will help preserve our access particularly in light of the city's intent to bring more people to the dock area. As in other municipalities if the public see kiting as conflicting with other park users, kiting is the first to go. If no one else is i dont mind puttingtogether a draft of the letter as long as a few people want to show up for the event...
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Hi John,
I told David I would send him a letter by today. He even gave me a suggested template for wording. He was under the impression we had some sort of association with letterhead etc. He just needs a letter of support for the idea and a commitment that kiteboarders will try to have representation at the event. I'll throw the wording up here when I get it polished.

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FYI, I have sent David a letter with the following content. (it formats better when it's a PDF)

David McDonald
Coordinator of the Water Access Group
Re: The Shoreline Shuffle
Dear David,
I am writing as an active member of the growing kite boarding community in Kingston to express our support for this important waterfront initiative. We are happy to participate in the event by talking to visitors about kite boarding and having equipment on hand for people to see. If the conditions are right we may be able to do a kite boarding demonstration as well.
Please feel free to direct people to an information page on kite boarding in Kingston to learn more at http://www.kiteboardingkingston.com/
Sincerely,
Mike Broekhoven
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