Construction at Brown’s Bay Continues Despite the Winter Weather

Focus Shifts to Indoor Work to Maintain Progress

Roof before enclosure at Brown's Bay Beach during revitalization project.

Residents along the Thousand Islands Parkway who have been watching construction progress at Brown’s Bay Beach and Picnic Area may soon notice that work is heading indoors as winter draws on. Next week, the structure-in-progress will be enclosed to keep construction work on the site moving forward, regardless of weather.

As part of the multi-year revitalization project, Brown’s Bay will get a new bayfront building with accessible, gender-neutral washrooms and changerooms and food service. The new building will elevate the guest experience at Brown’s Bay, with inclusivity and accessibility at the forefront.

Prefabricated engineered steel for the building was manufactured offsite in December and delivered and erected at Brown’s Bay in January. The enclosure, made of wood framing and plywood sheeting, will be constructed around the building envelope once the roof is on the building. The large wooden enclosure will be covered in insulated tarps to allow the construction area to be heated. The climate-controlled environment will allow for masonry work and mechanical, electrical and plumbing work to continue through the winter.

The wooden structure will remain in place, with work going on inside, until the weather warms in the spring. After the wood structure is removed, the outside decking will be the next construction task.

It is anticipated that the park will re-open in early summer for the 2023 operating season. An exact date will be determined in the spring once construction progress through the winter months can be assessed.

This revitalization construction included three projects. A new perched beach area, thanks to major reconstruction work along the seawall has been completed, and a new and improved septic system has been installed. The septic system will be tied into the new building in the spring.

Updates regarding the multi-year revitalization project are shared regularly by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC).

About St. Lawrence Parks Commission
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, operates facilities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Kingston Pen Tours, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 10 campgrounds and 6 beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and Thousand Islands Parkways.

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