Doug Fluhrer Park

Kingston, Ontario

Doug Fluhrer Park is located on the shore of the Great Cataraqui River in Kingston’s Inner Harbour. The park is used by community members for wildlife viewing and conservation initiatives, picnicking, paddling, community events, art installations, and festivals. The paved pathway through the park is a popular walking route and is part of the Urban K&P Trail. Fluhrer park is also home to Kingston’s Street Art Wall.

The Kingston Inner Harbour was a site of various industrial and commercial activities from the 1830s until the 1980s. Conversation continues among community groups, residents, and government about the future of the Inner Harbour and the shoreline at Fluhrer Park, including potential remediation projects. Public consultation meetings are expected to occur in summer 2021.

Through sampling at the shoreline of Doug Fluhrer Park, the Kingston water monitoring hub hopes to help inform community decisions about the future of this valued site. Swim Drink Fish recognizes the significance of these decisions as part of a process of addressing pollution and ultimately, protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. 2021 is the first year that the Kingston hub will be sampling at Fluhrer Park.

Launched in 2020, the Kingston monitoring hub is one of six Swim Drink Fish hubs across the country. It is also a Lake Ontario Waterkeeper project. The hubs aim to grow connections between communities and local waterways by providing access to low-cost and accessible water monitoring tools for citizen scientists.

You can learn more about the initiative and how to get involved here: https://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/volunteer

This project has been undertaken with financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 8th, 2021. Kingston Monitoring Hub updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 8th, 2021 at 3:38 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Doug Fluhrer Park is sampled weekly from July 15th to August 26th.

Source Information

Swim Drink Fish staff and volunteers monitor recreational water quality along the shore of Lake Ontario during the summer months. The guidelines followed are the Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018, set by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Prior to 2018 beaches in Ontario were posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeded 100 E. coli / 100 mL of water, a standard derived from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks’ Provincial Water Quality Objectives. Water is sampled for E.coli and Total Coliform at all sites. The water is sampled once weekly on Wednesday from July to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, typically on Thursday afternoons.

Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water or when a single-sample maximum concentration exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

In accordance with Ontario’s provincial recreational water quality standard, a beach is marked Green when geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal or below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and below the single sample criteria of 400 E.coli/100ml.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is above 200 E.coli / 100 mL or above the 400 E.coli/100mL for a single sample.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide website and apps. Results are also available by email at KingstonHub@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling +1 (416) 861-1237.

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Water Quality Graph

Doug Fluhrer Park

Kingston, Ontario

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 8th, 2021. Kingston Monitoring Hub updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 8th, 2021 at 3:38 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Doug Fluhrer Park is located on the shore of the Great Cataraqui River in Kingston’s Inner Harbour. The park is used by community members for wildlife viewing and conservation initiatives, picnicking, paddling, community events, art installations, and festivals. The paved pathway through the park is a popular walking route and is part of the Urban K&P Trail. Fluhrer park is also home to Kingston’s Street Art Wall.

The Kingston Inner Harbour was a site of various industrial and commercial activities from the 1830s until the 1980s. Conversation continues among community groups, residents, and government about the future of the Inner Harbour and the shoreline at Fluhrer Park, including potential remediation projects. Public consultation meetings are expected to occur in summer 2021.

Through sampling at the shoreline of Doug Fluhrer Park, the Kingston water monitoring hub hopes to help inform community decisions about the future of this valued site. Swim Drink Fish recognizes the significance of these decisions as part of a process of addressing pollution and ultimately, protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. 2021 is the first year that the Kingston hub will be sampling at Fluhrer Park.

Launched in 2020, the Kingston monitoring hub is one of six Swim Drink Fish hubs across the country. It is also a Lake Ontario Waterkeeper project. The hubs aim to grow connections between communities and local waterways by providing access to low-cost and accessible water monitoring tools for citizen scientists.

You can learn more about the initiative and how to get involved here: https://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/volunteer

This project has been undertaken with financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Monitoring Frequency

Doug Fluhrer Park is sampled weekly from July 15th to August 26th.

Source Information

Swim Drink Fish staff and volunteers monitor recreational water quality along the shore of Lake Ontario during the summer months. The guidelines followed are the Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018, set by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Prior to 2018 beaches in Ontario were posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeded 100 E. coli / 100 mL of water, a standard derived from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks’ Provincial Water Quality Objectives. Water is sampled for E.coli and Total Coliform at all sites. The water is sampled once weekly on Wednesday from July to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, typically on Thursday afternoons.

Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water or when a single-sample maximum concentration exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

In accordance with Ontario’s provincial recreational water quality standard, a beach is marked Green when geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal or below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and below the single sample criteria of 400 E.coli/100ml.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is above 200 E.coli / 100 mL or above the 400 E.coli/100mL for a single sample.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide website and apps. Results are also available by email at KingstonHub@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling +1 (416) 861-1237.

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Water Quality Graph

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