Letter to the Editor – Harry Valentine of Cornwall Ontario – Standing Wave for Cornwall Beach?

Letter to the Editor – Harry Valentine of Cornwall Ontario – Standing Wave for Cornwall Beach?
The proposal for a beach along Cornwall’s waterfront has generated some lively discussion. Many believe that a beach could attract more visitors to Lamoureux Park during summer. If the Environmental Department of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Hydro One are willing, it may be possible to generate standing waves along Cornwall’s waterfront for the purpose of water surfing and perhaps water rafting in inflatable rubber dinghies.
The installation of a sewer half-pipe across part of the channel could create a wave to appear on the water surface, directly above the half-pipe. Fish may take refuge inside the half-pipe. A series of strategically-spaced half-pipes could generate a series of standing waves between the RCAF building and the Civic Complex. At some times, surfers could bring their boards to ride the waves. At other times, groups of people wearing life-preservers may be taken for a roller-coaster ride in a dinghy that riders over the waves.
The combination of a waterfront beach and waterfront surfing could attract visitors to Lamoureux Park during summer.
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Dukers1
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Inlet Beach Idea Extension: BRILLIANT, SIMPLY BRILLIANT MR. VALENTINE. Have you examples of this being applied elsewhere. I would certainly have a potential for entrepreneurs to pull rafts over the waves, under contract perhaps. With so many people being attracted to the beach and mechanically produced wave we would also need more boardwalk or out look points for mom and dad along the length from the trees back to the complex to save bank erosions. The spinoffs of so many people would be a marketers dream come true. Fun heaven right here in downtown CORNWALL during summer months instead of… Read more »
jules
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I remember young Korey Kennedy coming up with the boardwalk idea some years ago when he was in council. We would have to give him the credit he deserves on this one. Yes I think that it would revitalize sleepy hollow for sure to get some sort of a beach on the go. So many people are bored stiff and we could see that when we go to Cornwall. We don’t see people taking an active part in their beautiful parks and something has to bring people out of their houses and take an active part. What you are proposing… Read more »
Dukers1
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on behalf of Harry Valentine an myself ‘jules’ thank you. There is a ‘however’ here though, whether it’s the boardwalk, the half-pipe wave idea here–above–or even parking, all would depend on having a beach first and formost. Anything else should be considered in a long term basis as build as numbers and community desire warrant. Admittedly even my own vision of thouands of swimmers is probably hidh. I am optomistic of the possibilities yet constraints of attitudes, finances and let’s call it ‘history of small’ here in Cornwall right from the squeezed in seating at the Civic Complex to just… Read more »
Believe Me
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Why are so many persons apparently stuck on wanting a Beach in Lamoureaux Park? I can agree to a Beach in Corn. but not there. I believe I have covered some of the problems that would be encountered with those currently suggested plans. Might I suggest that another site be carefully examined . That Site would be East of Bergeron Dr. & north of Legions small diamonds . That site runs directly to the St. Lawerence river and while not in Lamoureaux Park is still very much in Corn. This new location has a better land mass to accommodate a… Read more »
Harry Valentine
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The citizens of Cornwall will need to choose as to whether they want a beach on the waterfront and its location. How many people who oppose the beach proposal are willing to look their grandchild in the eye and say, “I opposed that beach thing when they first started talking about it . . . . . and I forbid you go swim there!” The waterfront committee meets on Thursday, August 16th at 5:30PM at the Civic Complex. It is possible that they may be willing to entertain some input re a possible beach. With regard to earlier beach proposals… Read more »
Dukers1
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Thanks Harry and Believe Me. My personal focus has been deliberate regarding the ‘little’ inlet by the RCAF Wing due to its openness, little use and many points of access. It can also be a Cornwall marketing tool for tourism. IT IS IN THE BEST PROXIMITY FOR PARKING AS WELL FROM THE MARINA 200 TO THE BOAT DOCKING BY THE RCAF WING…..REMEMBER NOW, THIS IS ALL PUBLIC PROPERTY THAT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE BOUGHT, ONLY ATTITUDES AND RED TAPE NEED TO BE HURDLED. No question though, our boys and girls NEED AND WANT a local and FREE beach. It… Read more »
Dukers1
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Question fro Admin. was: Dukers1 – why haven’t the current waterfront committee ever looked at these ideas? The truth is that they have. 1993 and again in 2003 are on full report at the Planning an Recreation Department. I am not sure why nothing went forward at either of those time but can only speculate that other personalized projects won out with time, money etc. Perhaps you wouldn’t mind a followup with the Waterfront Committee or coucil members…those who were involve then if still around. Remember the high points in those years were the Museum, Marina 200, the Curling Club… Read more »
Believe Me
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Harry Valentine Very clearly you have brought forward a beach proposal for our city & most certainly you have put a considerable amount of your time & thought into it . Many persons my self included thank you for that. Any Beach proposal won’t come about overnight it’s a slow process & the right location has to be decided upon .I wish you good luck moving forward on this Beach project.

Dukers1
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Your kudos for Mr. Valentine are well founded. This man gives considerable talent with his background knowledge of engineering and of the entire seaway systems from Montreal to the Welland canal systems. Harry is well aware too of the many alternative that are within his three sites here with added 60 plus comments…many of which are yours ‘Believe Me’ so please add as you come to think of more. The next phase is a meet with the Waterfront Committee on Aug. 16th at 5:30..suppertime I know but I will be there to initiate and get the ball rolling because what… Read more »
jules
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Dukers yes I remember it well that Corey Kennedy mentioned a boardwalk some years ago when he was in council. I am late getting back to you because I was at the eye doctor with my daughter. My husband and I have the flu as well. Yes Corey wanted a boardwalk and wanted a restaurant but restaurants do not work even here in Ottawa. The best idea is your beach idea. I remember Corey talking about some other towns or cities having a boardwalk and thought it to be a good idea. I think that a beach would be more… Read more »
Dukers1
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jules, yes, well, Corey Kennedy worked for me before being a coucillor. As with the boardwalk he got most of his ideas from others. Some from even me ‘such as’…. Regards.
Just the same, beach first, other things later.
Thanks.

jules
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I like the beach idea very much to get families and tourists out to see beautiful Cornwall. Young Corey did mention about a board walk and other things and yes I think that he did get ideas from others and that is a good idea Duckers on how to see how the public feels instead of just throwing something on people. The beach idea is a good idea.

Believe Me
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Dukers1 – Suggestion- Skip W/F meeting this month go and have a talk with Steven Alexander & or go direct to City Council with the Beach Proposal. They will hopefully ask Administration for a report & it will then be referred to the W/F com . Doing it this way will add strength to the position you advocate . (Don’t just put all your eggs in one basket) unless you have 100% faith in W/F Com which I don’t have.

Dukers1
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Believe Me, I respect your judgement. I have already committed as a guest only, not as a presenter at this time at the WFC meeting and yes, a letter to the Mayor and council making a request for a beach is imminent. I believe Mr. Alexander is currently on vacation. I have had occasion to work through him on something years ago and he was excellent with the research and completion of that project. The children in particular as well as families deserve a ‘beach’ atmosphere. It was nice to see so many in the pool across from St. Frances… Read more »
Dukers1
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Dear Mayor and Council: I write you on behalf of the ‘swimmers’ from the city of Cornwall. No, we are not a specific or splinter group, yet I believe Sir that it is time we as a community and at this time our City Council allow us to revisit the idea of developing a beach area for the citizens, particularly our juvenile and teenage children. Too many end up leaving because of a lack of services for them. As you may know, this idea has ben visited and then researched through our Planning and Recreation Department both in 1993 and… Read more »
Believe Me
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Dukers1 Your statement re w/f/c at this time not having any other considerations on the table etc. I wouldn’t rule out CONDOS just yet ( They could be still discussing it behind closed doors ) .What remains as an outstanding issue and has been for the past 18 months is POINTE MALIGNE (LOOK OUT PARK) . You further state ” They were right about the splash pool ” splash pad ?( Wrong) It was the previous W/F/C who deserve credit if credit is to given NOT THIS 2011 W/F/ CONDO COM. Have a nice weekend .
jules
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Nobody with a sound mind puts condos in parks. I have never come across such a thing. It is bad enough where I live in Ottawa with non stop traffic that most people don’t want to live near let alone a park. You have to be dead to be able to sleep where I live or just about dead. The traffic never stops flowing. Noise from people is hard to live with as well. Condos is where most seniors would live and that would be intollerable. I know very well what I am saying. Condos are to be built on… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Thank you for the corrections and updates from ,Admin. and Believe Me”. I am sure the w/f/c realizes the condo issue is dead in the water. I also believe B.M. that unless a renewed proposal goes forward for further review of your strong concern for Pointe Maligne, with councils forwarding same that it is no longer in their sights. The outstansing beach issue has been in view time and again since minimum 1993 (formally), and before because I have written about many ‘CORNWALL, issues for over 30 years now. I could check my files. Best of luck on only 18… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Check out this weekends letters to the editors on P 6 of Standard-Freeholder and another on P. 16 of the Seaway News regarding the ‘Inlet Beach’ proposal.
A friend is pushing me towards the larger inlet below the Saunders Damn, while another insists the stretch where Waterfest was held at Queen and Second Streets, however I honestly feel they are too far west and out of the way to be of much secure, marketing of Cornwall center area and less accessible for a lot of people without vehicles or even bus moneies. We’ll trudge along aye.

Dave Windsor
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A meet would be okay, yet me-thinks some would continue as a no show for anonymity reasons, not that I’m that sceptical :). Others of course, ie jules would be out of town. Hey, do one anyway as these are all interested and some even interesting people…who knows some may even be considered city fathers and future fathers (male/female) together. Just because we are not all executive or elected officials doesn’t say we can’t be part of the solutions. More often it is those of us in the wings who have set or planted the seeds allowing others to add… Read more »
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