Gerard Hunt Memorial Park to officially open Sept. 9

August 31, 2023

The City of Kingston is thrilled to announce the grand opening of Gerard Hunt Memorial Park, a remarkable space that holds deep meaning for our city and its residents. This newly renamed park honours the exceptional life and contributions of Gerard Hunt.  

Please join us at 1242 Wheathill Street on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m., as we come together to celebrate the legacy of Gerard Hunt and unveil this incredible new community park.  

“Throughout his dedicated years of service to a city that he loved, Gerard demonstrated unwavering leadership, mentorship and commitment to the well-being of Kingstonians," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "Providing residents with a shared space to gather, enjoy nature, and create cherished memories, this new park embodies Gerard's vision for a connected community and will serve to celebrate his remarkable legacy.” 

The park naming was brought forward as a Council Motion in June 2023 as a way to honour Gerard’s significant contributions to the community throughout his 20 years of service to the City, including ten years as the City's Chief Administrative Officer. 

Located south of Taylor-Kidd Boulevard and west of Centennial Drive, the 1.5-hectare community park was thoughtfully planned and constructed in collaboration with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est and Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario. It features numerous exciting amenities, including playground equipment, a splash pad, shade shelter, amphitheater, pathways, trees and space for a future community garden and community operated skating rink. 

The final park design was guided by feedback gathered at a public engagement held in Spring 2019, with park construction finishing in Summer 2023. 

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