About the Project

The Belle Park Master Plan was endorsed by Council on September 17, 2019. The plan outlines an implementation strategy to guide the redevelopment of Belle Park over the next 15 years. The management of the site as a former landfill, and maintenance initiatives are ongoing.

In 2017, Council approved the closure of the 9 hole golf course and provided direction to develop a master plan to redevelop Belle Park.

Belle Park is located on the shore of the Cataraqui River, which forms parts of the UNESCO Rideau Canal waterway. This 80-acre park, in the core of Kingston, was formerly a landfill.

The objective of the Belle Park master plan was to create a vision that would inform and guide long range improvements and operational practices in the park. The management of the site as a former landfill is ongoing and not proposed to be altered.

Council directed that the master plan include outdoor recreation as well as increase the amount of naturalized areas within the park. While developing the master plan, the City was to consider potential partnerships with sports organizations.

Stakeholders had the opportunity to identify and shape desired future amenities, improvements, and preservation of this unique site through various public engagement opportunities.