When I lived in Peterborough I had a forest around the corner from me, I've spoken affectionately about University Heights Park many many times and it truly is a gem. Then I moved to Kingston, there are some nice wilder parks but none too close to my house. But here I am right across the street from the lake, which presents other opportunities - like swimming! Alas from the time I moved to Kingston last May and up until the end of last week all or parts of the park down the street has been closed for renovations.
Yesterday - finally, after months and months of anticipation and going by the work in progress nearly everyday - I had a chance to check it out with a friend. Breakwater Park has a walkway, picnic tables, a small sandy area, a rocky beach, stairs down to the lake, a bridge across to the pier where the water is deeper and many places to jump or walk into the water and climb back onto shore. All that it needs, in my opinion and desire for the optimal beach experience, is a public bathroom and a spot where a food truck or two can go because I totally could've gone for an ice cream. My swimming opportunities have been rather limited this year, more limited than I had planned (ahem, see previous post), so I was happy to jump into water! I was impressed and my friend was impressed as well. And given that they had just been to Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County the previous day, which is one of the nicest place for a swim around here, and they were impressed with Breakwater Park, I'd say this was a pretty nice swimming spot.
So nice in fact I have now visited it twice!
It was a hot and very humid day of fieldwork (see very sweaty me). I joked with my same friend that I had gone swimming with yesterday that walking in the woods today felt more like swimming with how wet I was from sweating. And in my mind at the same time I had a light bulb moment. I decided that when I got back home I would be making a second appearance at Breakwater Park because I can't think of a better way to cool off after a long hot day (see wide happy smile me)! Except ice cream. They really should have an ice cream truck here.
News, reflections, notes and other ramblings from the trail by PTBO Flora founder Rachel.