As Kawartha Lakes moved into the busiest time of year for tourism, and we welcomed back our many seasonal residents, the Economic Development Department is moving forward on a number of fronts. We have been working on a number of fronts to raise the profile of the City of Kawartha Lakes within Ontario, as well as further afield.
The Trolley Management Board came together and immediately began working to have the trolley on the streets of Lindsay as soon as possible. They quickly determined that they required an established route if the trolley was going to be eligible for gas-tax funding, and they also identified what an hourly charter rate would need to be. They established a Heritage Route through the Town of Lindsay for Tuesday through to Thursday, with Special Events routes being identified according to the nature of the event. The charter rate is $75.00/hour, with a 4 hour minimum requirement.
We have been working with Parks Canada to become the Lead Agent for the first Trent Seven Waterway marketing program offered in quite some time. This program is designed to acquire quantified information about visitors to the TSW, whether they visit by automobile or by boat. The Discover, Play and Stay program is easily identifiable though the colourful enrolment cards and the drop boxes that you will find in businesses host businesses in Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Lindsay, Coboconk and all the lock stations across the TSW. Support our local businesses by signing up to be eligible for various season-ending prizes.
The International Centre of Excellence for Water Quality (ICE Water) is beginning to attract more participants and partners. Fleming College, the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) signed an MOU. This will provide various opportunities for research, pilot projects and a host of other water initiatives as we move forward with the establishment of a water centre of excellence in this region. The City was also successful in obtaining Showcasing Water Innovation funding earlier this year for pilot projects that are seeking watys in which to improve water quality in stormwater outlets. Areas in Coboconk, Omemee and Lindsay were chosen as test areas. Watch for signage in these communities that explain the project and anticipated outcomes .