Kingston ponders permanently closing Ontario Street in front of City Hall

Kingston is looking for feedback about permanently closing Market Street and the block of Ontario Street in front of City Hall. The announcement was made in a post to Kingston’s Youtube page today, where Mayor Bryan Paterson expressed his hopes that this will “create new park space for pedestrians and an expanded location for festivals and other community events.”

“Confederation Park is an incredible public space and I believe the time is right to revitalize this whole area and create a new, spectacular waterfront destination just like what we did with Breakwater Park,” Paterson said today in a video to Constituents.

Paterson hopes to begin consultations for the potential street closures at next week’s City Council meeting. He says that he’s looking for ideas that include supports and employment opportunities for vulnerable residents, permanent expanded patio spaces for downtown businesses, downtown cleaning crews, and new garbage and recycling containers.

“After two years of distancing and separation during the pandemic, I’m excited to start working in new spaces where we can gather together again as a community, but I’d also like to know what you think,” Paterson told residents.

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