City officials say it’s one of the busiest trails in Kingston. The waterfront pathway from Portsmouth Olympic Harbour to Lake Ontario Park. A year-long shoreline upgrade is almost complete which will re-open this stretch to foot traffic. Over four thousand tons of stone is being used to help support the shoreline protection.
“We’ve had a lot of high water in the last few years and climate change is affecting how intense our storms are and we’re seeing a lot of degradation in our existing shoreline protection system — some of them are 30 and 40 years old and they’re not built for today’s climate” said Neal Unsworth, Parks and Shoreline Manager.
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The work needed to be done as portions of the pathway were in very bad condition and were more than once washed-out over the past handful of years.
“We’re rebuilding the pathways — slightly higher, slightly stronger and we’re improving the shoreline with a lot heavier duty stone — some time with two layers which will really help hold up during storm events during both high and low water seasons” said Unsworth.
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Much of the pathway project is complete. One of the final pieces of the puzzle is located at the foot of Mowat Avenue where a new pedestrian bridge will be installed and some gardens planted. The federal government will pick-up a portion the of this 2.6 million dollar capital project.
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