OECA Perspective on NCC Review of Parkway Policy

Given the impact of the NCC’s lands and parkways on the community of Old Ottawa East, one of the four communities constituting “Rideau Island,” between the Rideau River and Rideau Canal in central Ottawa, the OOECA welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the National Capital Commission’s related reviews of its parkway policy and the Capital Urban Lands Master Plan. Read here for a draft of the OECA position on this NCC policy review.

Update on safe crossings along Queen Elizabeth Drive and Colonel By Drive

The following information was provided by the NCC:

"As part of the NCC's efforts to improve the level of comfort of pedestrians crossing the parkways, which included the Rideau Canal Corridor Pedestrian Crossings Study completed in 2011 and community consultations held in 2010, I can confirm that the NCC will be moving forward with planned improvements at Queen Elizabeth Drive and 5th avenue. We hope to complete the necessary works this year to coincide with the opening of Landsdowne. We have completed work on the first priority crossing at Hartwell Locks.

The crossing at Colonel By and Clegg St. will be the next one to be completed, as soon as funds are available. It is important to note that we are advancing the crossing improvements separately from the footbridge project, while also ensuring that we work closely with the City of Ottawa to align planned future design and construction."

Brantwood Rink - the best rink in Ottawa!

While the weather may be cold, it's good for the ice and Brantwood Park has an amazing outdoor rink. Here are the hours of operation when the field house is open:

Monday 4:30 - 9:00
Tuesday 4:30 - 9:00
Wednesday 4:30 - 9:00
Thursday 4:30 - 9:00
Friday 4:30 - 9:00
Saturday 11:30 - 5:00
Sunday 11:30 - 5:00

Want to help continue to make Brantwood rink the best in Ottawa? Then the rink needs YOU!
If you or your children enjoy the rink please become a volunteer flooder.

Basic facts:
• Brantwood rink is created and maintained by our neighbours.
• Our rink attendants are paid with a grant provided by the city.
• The rink is flooded daily by two people (weekdays @ 9pm, weekends @ 5pm).
• Each flooding takes about 1.5 hours.
• We have four teams of flooders so when you join a team you can expect to be asked to flood only three of four times in a typical season.

Why do other people volunteer as flooders?
• “I do not even skate, but it makes me feel so good seeing the kids playing on the rink.”
• “My kids love playing at the rink and I feel it is important to contribute to keeping the rink in good shape.”
• “Even though my kids have grown up and moved away I think the rink is one of the best things we have in this neighbourhood and flooding is an easy way to contribute.”
• “Being a "hoser" is an delightfully Canadian experience.”
• “I've enjoyed getting to know other neighbours who have volunteered as flooders.”

How to get involved?
Contact Cindy Courtemanche at 613-236-0294 or cindy.courtemanche@gmail.com

City of Ottawa requesting proposals on public artwork for Main Street

The City of Ottawa invites artists to submit proposals to develop, design and install exterior public artwork on Main Street in the neighbourhood of Old Ottawa East. This call to artists is open to professional artists who are Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status. Artists may submit a proposal individually or as a team.

The total budget for this commission is $220,000 plus HST. The commission budget must include all costs required to design, fabricate, store, transport and install the public art, as well as any travel expenses incurred by the artist or artist team.Installation of the artwork will take place between Fall 2016 and Summer 2017, depending on the site of the work and coordination with the larger construction project.

Aerial Photos of Landsdowne

Katrina Geary, with pilot Peter Rudin Brown, recently took some interesting aerial photos of Landsdowne park. Taken in October, they show the considerable scale and progress on Lansdowne reconstruction and its proximity to Old Ottawa East. Click on the image to see the full size photo.

Aerial photo of Landsdowne.

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