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The currently proposed development of 'breakwater park' now includes our PUC area launch. the changes will severely constrict the launch space and populate the landing spots with trees and lamp posts. Work is said to commence in 2013 and take a year or more.
Several kiteboarders have attended meetings and voiced concerns. Plans to further promote our interests with city comittee will be discussed in a quiet corner of Tir Na Nog Tuesday evening , Oct 16 starting at 7:30 pm.
We need good ideas. Come and contribute.
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Thanks Grant! Just to add some back story/agenda info - We are meeting at Tir nan Og at 7:30pm on Tuesday to solidify a plan of action that has been drawn up by community kiters in response to the Breakwater design unveiled at City Hall a couple weeks back. Our voice was heard, but if we pool our collective resources and share the workload, hopefully the end result will have our mark on it. Please come if you can and want to help keep kiting safe and accessible at the park. We’ll be fleshing out our outreach campaign to personal/professional/political/affiliate connections to create a coherent and inclusive set of recommendations that not only make sense to use, but are supported widely by advocates in all corners of the park, sport and greater community.

See you tomorrow night and please pass this along to anyone who might also be interested in joining us.
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How long will you be meeting for? I have work until about 9:30 but would still like to help out.
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The earlier, first meeting of this group continued till 9:30 or 10:00pm.
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I am late to the party on this one but have been speaking about this in my little circle and have spoken to several others, with a hope of spreading the word, bringing more support to having a diversified water front.

I have not been able to make any council meeting, but just forwarded this letter within the online survey. Feel free to use it if anyone find a need. I may also send it to the mayor.

"I am an avid Kiteboarder. I don't feel council has shown consideration of this up and coming sport, which will now be in the 2012 Olympics in Brazil.

Currently due to a lack of waterfront for sport enthusiasts, young and old alike, there is only a small area for kite boarders, younger Kingston residence, and visitors to use. The rest is filled with rocks, monuments, and pathways.

Currently still considering myself a beginner, I go to big sandy bay and have to walk 2.5 klm's to get there. Sometimes I make the walk only to find the weather man was wrong. The pump house area can get congested rather quickly and is not friendly to beginners, nor does it have much room.

I really don't think Kingston needs to destroy waterfront property with a simple pathway, when it could be used for several activities which instill and encourage a healthy lifestyle. If people want to go for a long walk they could always go to big sandy bay, no? Or many of the several other pathways Kingston has.

If anything I think moving the pathway back further in certain areas should be strongly considered. Diversifying its usage along its frontage rather than having one focal point activity.

I hold much respect for our retirement community, veterans, and others opinion. I also understand the reason for some of this thinking.

We should still be able to find a compromise. Kiteboarding, sailing and waterfront activities give people something to look at as they walk, and help to influence a positive state. These positive activities can also be beneficial to hospital patients’ state, as they are healing and can look out the windows while entertained by people young and old enjoying life and natures gifts, giving them something to look forward to, or perhaps motivation to set new goals.

If all this wasn't enough to offer purpose for consideration, I think we should also take a minute to consider and respect Kingston's history as a city and to our country.

1976 saw Kingston as host to the sailing events for the Olympics held in Montreal. We also have a very strong, proud and extended sailing community from all over the world.

Please help promote, highlight and protect some of the trademarks and staples which make Kingston such a beautiful and great place to live. Don’t destroy it by making our entire waterfront a place to go for a walk and let your pets go to the washroom."

All the best,
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I thought I would share the response I got from the mayors office. Looks like they are considering and ensuring the launch isn't destroyed, but I don't think guards should be put down just yet. As this is a public form and out of respect for the respondents privacy I have removed their last names

Thank you for your correspondence to Mayor Gerretsen. We have received emails from other kite board enthusiasts that have voiced similar concerns. I have added the response from Neal, Manager of Parks Development, to their concerns.
 
As committed at the public presentation of the design this month, our consulting team is pleased to work with kite boarding enthusiasts to fine tune the design and alleviate constraints that would adversely affect their continued enjoyment of the site. The intention of the design is to improve the park for all.
 
Under the direction of 8-80’s Cities to ‘Make a Place for People’ park visioning process, local kite boarding enthusiasts were represented at public meetings as well as in a dedicated focus group, one on one with the consultants. They provided feedback and parameters on their site needs that were incorporated into the conceptual plan developed by the subsequent landscape architectural team lead by Claude Cormier and Associates. At Claude Cormier’s recent park design presentation we received constructive feedback on the plan by numerous stakeholder groups and it was evident that there would be a need to balance the requirements of the various park users including kite boarders, off shore swimmers, students and the very many passive park users.
 
Sincerely,
Neal
 
I have included Neal in this email so that he may update you with any information or upcoming meetings that pertain to Breakwater Park.
 
Please be assured that I will review your concerns with Mayor Gerretsen in the coming week, and contact you if he has anything further to add. As always, do not hesitate to contact this office if you have any further concerns or comments that you would like to share.
 
With regards,
 
Rose
Administrative Assistant to the Mayor's Office
City of Kingston


I am not as worried as I was, looks like we might actually get this project done right for once, but again i'd say don't put our guards down just yet.
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