More on a Beach in Cornwall Ontario – Letter to the Editor by Harry Valentine – August 14, 2012

More on a Beach in Cornwall Ontario – Letter to the Editor by Harry Valentine – August 14, 2012
The participants who have been discussing the Cornwall beach proposal have brought forward many relevant points. Cornwall has 4 to 5-times the population of Smith’s Falls (9,500) that has 3-beaches and 10-times that of Alexandria that also has a beach. If an inlet beach at Cornwall becomes popular, there may be a need for 2-beaches. Cornwall also wishes to increase tourism, including tourism by boat from Montreal.
The RCAF would like more boaters to visit their building. There is a walkway to the west of the RCAF boat ramp, where river current is minimal and where it may be possible to install floating docks to allow boats to tie up. Visitors who travel to Cornwall by boat may also like to visit a swimming location and beaches at the inlet near the RCAF building and near Bergeron Avenue may both be suitable locations for future beaches. The eastern beach will be within sight of the Cornwall Marina.
With regard to relocating turtles from the inlets, there are several ponds along the waterfront, to the west of the international bridge. One of the ponds connects to the St Lawrence River. Perhaps there may be scope for volunteers to dig little channels to connect the ponds, to make more attractive habitat for turtles and other species. To the east of the international bridge, the human species in Cornwall may like to access to a natural outdoor swim location on hot summer days.
I would like to encourage beach supporters to consider keeping the beaches as close to natural as possible. The inlet near the Woodhouse Museum is 6′ to 8′ deep, measured with a depth gauge. Adding sand to the inlet could reduce water depth to about 1-metre, for the benefit of kindergarten aged children. A floating dock could serve as a walkway across the entrance to each inlet, with rocks below to add aesthetic value and to provide a spawning area for fish.
It may take a few years before a beach or natural swim area appears on the Cornwall waterfront.
Truffles

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19 Comments on "More on a Beach in Cornwall Ontario – Letter to the Editor by Harry Valentine – August 14, 2012"

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With all due respect to you Harry & while I certainly believe in Corn having a proper beach I have to disagree with the location that you are suggesting . I guess you & I are going to agree to disagree on that one . My opinion as I suggested to you was & still is east of Bergeron Dr. & north of Legions Ball Diamonds .That spot runs right to our mighty St. Lawrence river & should be the first choice & the best location for a much needed Beach .

Dave Windsor
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With due respect once again gentlemen we can at least agree on a beach. Simply though a 3 foot wadding pool is not a beach and the splash pad virtually covers that need. What I see is a cross section of uses from juniors to seniors. Don’t forget, many at either end of this spectrum do not have access to a vehicle and would rather not pay for a taxi or bus. This brings us to a more central facility, somewhere not hidden out of the way but indeed central to the city, to Lamereaux Park and flexible for multi-functional… Read more »
Harry Valentine
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At this point in time, many citizens support the idea of a beach. Even though I presently the case for a beach at the inlet near the RCAF building, I can see merit in other locations. The location near Bergeron Drive will attract people from across the city, many of will walk, ride a bike or travel on city transit. There is enough energy in the river current near the Cornwall Marina, for a pipe to carry water into the far end of the swim area, If a waterfront beach proves popular amongst the people, it will likely become overcrowded… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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A wise man that Mr. Harry Valentine. I took a drive back to the canal at Second and Queen Streets where the recent successful Waterfest dragon boat races were held last weekend. Frankly, personally I never really noticed it as so accommodating before. It’s expanse is larger than I thought. This land area too could be sanded down and the waters edge as well, out into the canal somewhat for deeper water swimming. Safety and lifeguarding as well as parking are other concerns to say the least, however if water flow and quality are acceptable and the weeds can be… Read more »
Simon
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How about we give the idea of a sand beach a rest? It makes about as much sense as an ice rink in Saudi. Sure you can do it, if you have the money, but it’s a bit out of place. And we don’t have the money. Cornwall is a riverfront community, so sure if there’s a natural inlet available to groom, then go ahead. But in our case the canal makes more sense… and it just needs a cleanup and of course, we’ll have to acquire it first. And that brings me to land acquisition… that should be number… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Does the canal have ashallow end? Do they have a beach at any section of the ‘Ottawa’ segment of the Rideau canal. Is are a ‘neighborhood watch’ factor nearby at all times looking out for the saftey of our younger set because that’s what we need. Are there redidential properties nearby that would have a say and therefore like the last Walmart expansion 50 houses were used as a reason to say no. Inlet Beach can be cleared for skating in the winter while the small hill nearby can be set up for tonbogganing and cross-country skiing can be organized… Read more »
Harry Valentine
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The old Cornwall Canal is presently about 14-feet (4.2m) deep . . . before 1890, it was 9-ft deep. OPG has reduced water flow rate into the Canal so as to maintain the Eco Park. There is scope to reduce water depth along a section of the Canal. In Ottawa, Mooney’s Bay beach is located along a wide section of the Rideau River/Canal, immediately upstream of Hog’s Back Falls where teenagers go diving. Most of the swim-related injuries in the Mooney’s Bay area involve divers at the falls. There is a very gentle current in the Rideau River at Mooney’s… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Thank you for your summation/synopsis Mr. Harry Valentine. I concur and will present as so to our Waterfront committee Thursday evening on your behalf or if you are able to attend, then you alone or we jointly can forward a brochure of all of these sketches and everyone’s thoughts since initiation. After all such a presentation should ultimately be that of the community. I may also have another engineer friend who shows no bias, yet should the project win favour is also willing to ad his thoughts and ideas for your combined professional presentation. Kind regards to you sir. Sincerely… Read more »
Harry Valentine
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I was able to examine an earlier beach proposal for Cornwall’s waterfront, to the west of the boat ramp near the RCAF building. It would have required a breakwater and would also have exposed swimmers to the powerful current located just outside of the beach area (same drawback as Britannia Bay beach in Ottawa . . . gentle water near the shore with powerful current further away from the shore). The inlet at Lamoureux Park offers a safe alternative . . . possible to pipe in a flow of water from the river current, to exchange the relatively still water… Read more »
jules
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Dave Windsor no the Rideau Canal is separate to Mooney’s Bay and the canal stretches from the back of the Parliament Bldgs. all the way down to Smiths Falls and maybe further. The Rideau Canal is so beautiful indeed and many Americans love that place to come and visit. People can walk along the very long stretch on the sidewalk. Mooney’s Bay is connected to both the canal and the Rideau River and this is the time that my husband and I see the boats starting to go back home for the school season. At the NCC Park where we… Read more »
jules
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Yes we have Britannia Beach in the west end and I never go there. Mooney’s Bay is the better beach and much safer and better. Britannia is a tough area of town. It is bad enough where we live than to go out in that area.

jules
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We go to Hog’s Back Park and we continue walking and go under the bridge onto the other park and then back. There are signs not to go in the water where the Falls is located and there are fines for those who dive there or go over the fence. There are those who do the rafting there as well. This year the water is low because of the drought and I haven’t seen anybody at the falls area. At the other park there are BBQ’s and people book a spot in the park and do BBQing and picnicing. I… Read more »
jules
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I read today somewhere in CFN that Cornwall is in a deficit and I warned everyone time and time again about that “tax mahal” the new Love Canal that is so mighty polluted and this will be a huge strain on people’s taxes. People ignored me and most likely laughed it off. Another thing was with stollen funds. The wealthy people who live outside of Cornwall wanted it and they don’t pay taxes at all to help keep that heap of bricks afloat. This isn’t fair to the taxpayers of the town. I wish that people would wake up before… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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This issue is now in the hands of our Waterfront Committee and a report will be forwarded to our City Council. To this point, we have raise our concern for a need as they have provided some input. Since more review is to follow it would not be appropriate to comment more at this time.
We will allow that Council will have the final say in the course of the time they feel they require.

Regards
Dave

jules
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Mr. Valentine at Mooney’s Bay the fire department does a lot of exercises on rescue work where the falls is located as well as the river bed itself. I see this done many times a year. The police train in that park as well as the military. Yes Cornwall is a lot bigger than Smiths Falls and Cornwall has to make the right choices instead of going into an enormous debt that they will not be able to crawl out of. I am all for the beach but it has to be done in the right way and safety is… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Put Beach/Pool in Trust Account Regarding a new, Cornwall Beach that is in discussion stages this summer, I wish to add a few thoughts. Our Waterfront Committee, whom I regard highly for their resources, history on this issue, and expertise in all our recreation planning and implementation needs do have all our city wide swimming issues well in hand. The grey area for accommodation as you realize, for many, has been the attraction of a sandy, free and open beach atmosphere, most fitting, in central downtown, though some have suggested otherwise. If in the end our Waterfront committee after visiting… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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A special note to ‘Highlander’, in reviewing these engineer studies and comments I came across one I earlier missed. That was one you wrote on Aug. 02/12.

Would you please consider forwarding the same or similar note to our Mayor and City Council and even copy to the Standard Freeholder as well as the Seaway News at csf.lettertoeditor@sunnews.ca and diane@cornwallseawaynews.com .

Reach our Mayor and Council at address is ‘ cityhall@cornwall.ca
Thank you very much.

Dave

jules
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Back in the 50’s era at the old St. Lawrence Park where those Courthauds Cottages are located Mr. Flanigan was in charge of that park. In that park was a child’s wading pool and I used to swim in that. It is a great idea for young children besides having a beach for the big people and children under parents supervision. I think that the beach is an excellent idea. Cornwall is a very pretty town. I have seen small cities in videos and pictures as well but Cornwall happens to be one of the prettiest of all. If people… Read more »
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