Project Summary

  • Largest investment of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Grant 

  • The Great Lakes Challenge will help to fund the following components of the Park Restoration: 

    1. pebble beach renewal (and removal of hazardous boulders); 
    2. improved access to the beach and deep water swimming areas for swimmers and kite-boarders erosion protections; and, 
    3. installation of a pedestrian bridge over the deep water swimming area.

Information of beach quality will be reported and incorporated into Swim Guide.


Breakwater Park will set an example for other Great Lakes cities around the province. The improvements include water monitoring, stormwater infrastructure but most importantly water access points that promote, rather than discourage, residents physically enjoying all that our Lake has to offer.

The Breakwater Park redevelopment is part of the Kingston Waterfront Master Plan (KWMP). This multi-year, multi-project plan is the result of exhaustive grassroots advocacy. During the planning process KWMP has garnered unanimous support from city staff, councillors and the public. Recently KWMP  earned the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ (CSLA) 2017 National Award of Excellence.

In June of 2017 Kingston City Council voted unanimously to name the renovated PUC Dock after Lake Ontario Waterkeeper/SDF Canada board member and Kingston native Gord Downie in honour of his work to connect people to water. The Gord Edgar Downie Pier will be the first urban natural swimming pier of its kind in Canada.

Thanks to the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation this project will be completed a full year earlier than anticipated.