of Kingston Inner Harbour. Plans are still in the works, but organizers hope to include open houses at Metalcraft, the National Grocer Building and the Woolen Mill.
Mary Farrar, who heads up the organization with the help of her husband, Edward, is working hard this summer to establish Douglas Fluhrer Park as a cultural hub.
Molly Brant, who persuaded the Iroquois Confederacy to support Britain during the American Revolution, lived in a home that once stood where Rideaucrest Home is now located.
The group is especially excited about the harbour trail initiative.
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don understand how great it is and how lovely, said Farrar. it important that people be aware of what Kingston has and that it preserved and not destroyed. couple was also intrigued by the amount of history associated with the park, especially the aboriginal history.
Currently, the group is awaiting approval to become a registered charity.
moved here three years ago, and when we started walking, we became so enthralled with how gorgeous this waterfront is in the north area of Kingston, said Farrar, president of the Friends of Kingston Harbour. felt it was a true Kingston treasure, and we wanted more people to appreciate it and enjoy it because it has been kind of undervalued in the past. said many people don seem to even know about the park.
The Farrars started out with a vision of a waterfront trail extending from the LaSalle Causeway to Kingston Mills. But Neal Unsworth, manager of City Parks Department, had other ideas.
The group feels it important to engage the entire city with the revitalization project.
The area also has an interesting industrial history. At one time, the area was home to various businesses including a brewery, a woolen mill, a gristmill, and a shipyard and dry dock.
The Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour, which was on hiatus for a number of years, recently revived in the hopes of promoting Douglas Fluhrer Park as a wonderful waterfront park and community resource, promoting the Inner Harbour Heritage Trail and bringing together the citizens of the diverse community.
In keeping with their goals, the group has planned a number of events over the course of the summer, including Family Wednesday afternoons throughout July. Matt Ellerback will follow with his live turtles and discussions on turtles and ecology.
Drumming circles will also take place on many Sundays throughout the summer.
The second annual Cottage Bocce Ball tournament will take place Aug. 23 in co operation with Kingston Community Health Centres.
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tourists travel in Ontario, because they like nature and they like trails, said Farrar. hoping to have this be a waterfront trail that would attract tourists to the downtown, so that they don just come and then leave, but actually stay in Kingston for a few days. a phrase from Tourism Kingston, Farrar hopes tourists and Kingston natives alike will Longer in the area.
He wished to extend the trail to the east side of the river.
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Farrar said membership in the organization is open to local members of the community, as well as to any person interested in preserving and enhancing Kingston waterfront.
So far, the group has amassed more than 400 members, each hoping to make the Inner Harbour a popular Kingston destination.
are Nike Zoom Pegasus All Out Flyknit really exited about the trail initiative and about the Douglas Fluhrer Park and wanting to preserve it as a wonderful neighbourhood asset, said Farrar.
They also hope to have antique boats on display, horse and wagon rides, fireworks and a community mural celebrating 300 years of boat building in the Inner Harbour.
A group of Kingston citizens are hoping to revitalize a lesser known part of the city.
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