Doug Fluhrer Park is located on the shore of the Great Cataraqui River in Kingston’s Inner Harbour. The park is used by community members for wildlife viewing and conservation initiatives, picnicking, paddling, community events, art installations, and festivals. The paved pathway through the park is a popular walking route and is part of the Urban K&P Trail. Fluhrer park is also home to Kingston’s Street Art Wall.
The Kingston Inner Harbour was a site of various industrial and commercial activities from the 1830s until the 1980s. Conversation continues among community groups, residents, and government about the future of the Inner Harbour and the shoreline at Fluhrer Park, including potential remediation projects. Public consultation meetings are expected to occur in summer 2021.
Through sampling at the shoreline of Doug Fluhrer Park, the Kingston water monitoring hub hopes to help inform community decisions about the future of this valued site. Swim Drink Fish recognizes the significance of these decisions as part of a process of addressing pollution and ultimately, protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. 2021 is the first year that the Kingston hub will be sampling at Fluhrer Park.
Launched in 2020, the Kingston monitoring hub is one of six Swim Drink Fish hubs across the country. It is also a Lake Ontario Waterkeeper project. The hubs aim to grow connections between communities and local waterways by providing access to low-cost and accessible water monitoring tools for citizen scientists.
You can learn more about the initiative and how to get involved here: https://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/volunteer
This project has been undertaken with financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada.