Save the Kingston Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Greenspace and Character

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In 2016, Correctional Service Canada (CSC), Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and the City of Kingston announced a process by which all parties could work together to plan for the possible future sale and uses of the federal properties, as well as the City-owned property, including the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.

The Visioning Exercise will be completed in June 2017, with recommendations going to the City of Kingston and the federal Ministers of Public Services and Procurement Canada  (PSPC), CSC and DFO.   Despite consistent widespread community opposition to the sale of the Kingston POH Park, and the DFO greenspace at the north end of the harbour, the design plans still include consideration of the sale of these valuable public lands for the purpose of building new private housing.

The POH and Park are a legacy of the 1976 Olympic Games, officially opened by the Queen and members of the Royal family. Over the years, it has become an important place to access the lakefront by local children, and families from across the CIty. The loss of this greenspace will also have serious consequences for the future operations and viability of the CORK sailing events. It establishes a dangerous precedent that our existing parks in Kingston are not safe from future development.    

As residents of Kingston, it is commonly thought that "once a park always a park, for the benefit of current and future generations". This is an important message to send to all City Councillors, our local MP, and those involved in decisions for the future of this important historic and cultural space.

Petition to Conserve the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (POH) Greenspace and Character

We the undersigned residents of Kingston, and users of the POH, have concerns regarding the re-visioning of Portsmouth Harbour, and urge the City of Kingston and our City Council to maintain the following principles during the re-visioning process:

1. Conservation of green space around the Portsmouth Harbour, particularly on the west and north sides where it meets the Village. The park land owned by the city should not be sold for condo/residential building development. WE DO NOT WANT TO GIVE UP THIS GREAT WATERFRONT PARK TO DEVELOPMENT.

2. Respect for the historical feel, setting, and significance of Portsmouth Village and its buildings. This means no cube-like, or glass-paneled, or high-rise buildings should be allowed.

3. Consideration for parking, traffic and pedestrian access should be considered such that the accessibility and liveablity needs of current and future residents be maximized. Given that increased intensification is happening throughout Portsmouth District, and given that the harbour side of the Village has only two access roads from King St., and given that there are many narrow streets with houses close together and close to the street, and given that parking, emergency access and traffic will be major problems if there are large increases to housing, a complete and comprehensive parking and traffic study must be conducted and its recommendations followed.

4. CORK and marina users should continue to have access to needed facilities including parking as needed.

Thank you for your support,

POH Villagers Group



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