At the bottom of William Street in Gananoque is a tiny, nearly forgotten piece of land. On it may be found a bench overlooking the water, and a considerable amount of refuse. Although it is considered to be a public park, over time it has been neglected and ignored to the point of becoming an eyesore that people would prefer not to deal with.
The Rotary Club of Gananoque has chosen to reclaim it for the good of all local residents. They have formulated a plan, taken it before the town council, and got the necessary approval to move forward.
“A friend of mine suggested the refurbishing of the park area as a great Rotary project and the club is very enthusiastic about it,” Doug Bickerton of Rotary, said. “We feel we have developed a good plan and that it will be a beautiful spot for people to relax and enjoy the view.”
Located on the St Lawrence River at the corner of William and South Streets, the park consists of a narrow strip of land next to the Pier One condominiums. Plans for the project include a bicycle stand, four parking spaces, a green space with benches and picnic tables, as well as steps leading down to the River in the safety zone. Financing and labour for the project will be provided by the Rotary.
“We have been working on planning and budgeting for many months and appreciate the help and guidance from the town staff,” said Dieter Hundrieser, also of Rotary. “The contractor will start the landscaping work in the fall, and the Club members will pitch in with all the finishing touches.”
In the end, everyone will benefit.
“The goal is to upgrade and beautify this great spot into a welcoming scenic park to highlight the magnificent view of our lovely Thousand Islands,” Gwen Hundrieser of Rotary, said. “The work is planned to start in September and final touches in the spring. The Rotary Club of Gananoque is proud to contribute to the beautification of our community.”