St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) is pleased to confirm progress is on track with the revitalization project at Brown’s Bay Beach and Picnic Area for the popular riverfront site to re-open during the 2023 operating season. The exact re-opening date(s) and details will be announced soon.
Onlookers from the Thousand Islands Parkway will still see the structure shrouded in the orange insulated tarp enclosure. This will remain in place until consistently warm temperatures are here to stay.
Inside the building, work on underground utilities is now complete, and the concrete floor slab was recently poured in place. Masonry work is continuing, focused on completing the block walls. Unseen are the design work and equipment selection for the drinking water system and the completed final design for the patio, with its construction scheduled to take place concurrently with the completion of the building interior.
In addition to inclusive and accessible washroom stalls and changerooms, the bayfront building will also house food services. The new food service equipment has been ordered and vendor applications are now being accepted for food services.
Already completed revitalization projects include a new perched beach area and a newly reconstructed portion of the seawall, including accessible entry points to the water, and a new and improved septic system. With the largest construction projects completed or nearing completion and less disruptive construction continuing into the summer, officials are considering opening plans with limited access to areas of the park where construction work is already complete.
The Brown’s Bay revitalization project is being managed by Infrastructure Ontario. When complete, the newly restored park will be an asset the community can be proud of and a bigger draw to bring people – and tourism dollars – into the area.