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April '16

Press Release - Community Partnership Agreements

Glenburnie, Ontario - The Dark Sky Preserve in North Frontenac and South Frontenac Rides received Community Partnership Agreements at the annual Integrated Community Sustainability Planning (ICSP) breakfast held yesterday at the Verona Lions Hall.

Betty Hunter, new vice-chair of the Community Development Advisory Committee, and Deputy Warden Ron Vandewal of County Council presented the plaque for the Dark Sky Preserve to North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins who is a big supporter of the stargazing facility.

The Dark Sky Preserve in North Frontenac is located near Plevna just two hours from Ottawa and New York State, and only four hours from Montreal and Toronto.

The observation pad is one of the best places for stargazing in the province. It is a public space with amenities, including parking, accessible washroom and electrical service. Anyone can setup their telescope and enjoy the darkest skies in southern Ontario.

On August 3, 2013 the Township of North Frontenac became the first municipality in Canada to receive Dark Sky Preserve status from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Hunter and Vandewal also handed out a second Community Partnership Agreement to Ross Sutherland of South Frontenac Rides and a Councillor with the Township of South Frontenac and Stephanie Sciberras of the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Health Unit.

South Frontenac Rides (SF Rides) is a community initiative in South Frontenac Township to increase safe and accessible bicycle use in the Township. SF rides was formed by a group of volunteer residents and is formally associated with South Frontenac Township. Their projects and initiatives will help develop a system of on-road and trail bicycle routes in South Frontenac and support elements of the County’s Trails Concept Plan. They encourage increased community support for cycling with an annual Cycle Fest, which involves skill building, group cycling, bike repair and safe biking promotion.

A few years ago, Frontenac County developed a Community Partnership Agreement to both encourage and celebrate community partners who commit to:

  • Live according to sustainability principles and support Directions for Our Future
  • Collaborate & use resources in a mutually beneficial way whenever the opportunity arises
  • Commit to contribute to building resilient communities across Frontenac County
  • Demonstrate a vision of sustainability through their daily actions
  • Communicate about their contributions to sustainability
  • Implement & enhance our Sustainability Plan
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