Proposal For Open Water Swimming Area

Active Brockville encourages all forms of active living, from incorporating active modes of transportation into everyday living, to active recreational and competitive pursuits. An open water swimming area at St. Lawrence Park is currently in the proposal stage. This would be an area suitable for open water training or recreational swimming, protected from motorized boat traffic. If you are interested in seeing the draft proposal, helping to develop it further, or helping to champion this initiative, please send a “comment” with your email address (your email information will not be exposed) and I’ll be in touch.   …alan

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.

2 thoughts on “Proposal For Open Water Swimming Area”

  1. Sounds good Alan. This area is already monitored as well for water quality and because it lies within the Intake Protection Zone 1 for the City’s water intake, it is ideally suited to be where the best water quality is likely to exist and be protected. This will impact (against) the proposal to place additional marina facilities in the area for seasonal boaters, but I suspect most people may be against that anyway – We will find out about that soon I suspect. I used to swim long distances as a youngster with my Father (who was head of Aquatics with the City of Ottawa). We always did this with a pace canoe for safety, but this location would largely eliminate that need due to the proximity to shore and depth of water and exclusion of motorized boats. Would this impact any launching of kayaks from the beach area?

    1. Thanks, Chris. Based on Council’s discussion Tuesday evening, any expansion of marina/dockage facilities is most likely a non-starter for the foreseeable future in any event. Use of the proposed area for open water swimming shouldn’t impact kayak launching from the beach, since that really needs to be done just to the east of the buoy line for the existing swim area. Another advantage of the proposed area is that any current is very, very light – most days a slight back current, some days a slight downstream current.

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