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Because of it's multiple sports areas, it's in use throughout most of the spring to fall months, and there is quite a lot of parking available here (accessible parking areas from West Street South near the lake, and along Kitchener Street). There are both lit and unlit sports areas, as well as picnic tables available. Because it's also adjacent to a residential area, a lot of parents bring their young to the park to use the playground areas. The smallest residential area is the mobile home park directly across the road on West St., but the larger area off the bottom of West St. has both waterfront condominiums, homes, and cottages, and regular homes and rental units. It's not a bad place raise children, as this waterfront crescent is a quiet area, with older homes.
Although there is a small beach area, it isn't generally a place where people swim. The entrance to the lake is rocky, and not maintained as a swimming area, and a short distance along the shoreline is the the "town dump" (to be politically correct, it's actually called "Waste Diversion Management Site", but locals still call it the dump). There's a few stories about the dump that would make some smile I guess (a load of pot having been dumped there at one time (years back) and teens breaking into the dump) but generally ... well, nobody wants to hear about the dump. Most of the time, you wouldn't know it was there, but there have been times when it's painfully obvious. Recent years have been better as practices in waste management have improved considerably over the years so the park flourishes as a sports ground, and that partly because of the spacious land area it's located on.
I understand it I guess, because Kitchener Park is imminently more useable than it was, providing space for many activities.
I don't understand why progress has to include the destruction of things. The merry-go-round could have been made stationery, right where it sat, with planted gardens in a circle around it.
Now, there's just an empty space in the corner of the park that nobody uses.