Since 1970, our rigorous and well-focused two-year Master of Planning (M.PL.) program allows our students to develop the knowledge and skills they require to become leaders in the planning field and to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving urban environment.
The City has an abundance of parks, open space areas, recreational uses, historical and environmental sites and attractions. The City currently controls, through ownership / lease / right-of-way a significant amount of public open space, of which waterfront property is a major component. There are two nationally renowned attractions, the Rideau Canal and Fort Henry, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
A few inner-city parks have received considerable attention regarding their redevelopment and revitalization. For example, McBurney Park is a well-loved, well-used place in a part of Kingston that is short of public open space. It has been a cemetery before it was a park, and a park for one hundred years. It is almost as old as the city itself. Spurred by an active and articulate citizens' group, the City has taken McBurney Park as a pilot project for a new relationship between volunteers and the public service. This project is hoped to be the start of a long-term stewardship program that not only makes easier the work of City management and maintenance staff, but also integrates neighbourhood residents into the planning and operation of the Park.
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