‘The Point’ Park Beach in Sydenham Temporarily Unsafe for Swimming

Posted On Friday June 18, 2021

 For Immediate Release                                                                                    

In accordance with the Ontario Beach management Guidance Document, KFL&A Public Health has notified the Township that the beach located at Loughborough Memorial Park (A.K.A. The Point) in Sydenham, is currently unsafe for swimming due to high levels of E.coli in the water.

As a result of this information, the Township is recommending that residents temporarily refrain from swimming at the beach, located at 4410 Point Rd in Sydenham, until KFL&A Public Health can confirm that the adverse event has been resolved.

KFL&A Public Health monitors the water quality at all municipally owned or operated public beaches within the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington region. Monitoring is done weekly from early June until the end of August, and includes a visual inspection of beach conditions and testing for bacteria. Beaches with consistently good test results are monitored once per month. 

High E. coli levels can occur for several reasons. Most commonly, large rainstorms will wash dog or bird feces into the water, carrying pathogens with them. The Township is aware of and is actively working to manage the rise in Canada Goose activity at the Point Beach, in order to reduce the impact their droppings may have on E.coli levels.

Signage warning against swimming will be posted at the beach to communicate the potential health risk that current conditions pose. Residents with additional questions can contact Tim Laprade, Recreation & Arena Manager, at 613-376-3027 ext. 2231 or via email at tlaprade@southfrontenac.net.

For a list of other beaches and parks in South Frontenac, please visit our website at www.southfrontenac.net/parksandgreenspaces/.

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For general communication inquires please contact:

Emily Caird
Executive Assistant & Communications Officer
613-376-3027 ext.2260