More jet power coming for Lansdowne Park water plaza

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The city wants to turn up the jets at the water plaza in Lansdowne Park. JULIE OLIVER / OTTAWA CITIZEN 

Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen

Lansdowne Park’s water play area is getting more jet power.

Parks and recreation head Dan Chenier said Tuesday the city will increase the power of the jets at the water plaza, which features streams of water lightly jumping out of the ground next to a beacon.

Chenier said the city also wants to add “toys” to the water plaza for kids to play with.

Work is expected in August.

The city has been trying to keep the playing to the part of the water plaza with the jets, since the beacon is really a piece of art called Uplift made of granite and brushed stainless steel. Keeping kids off the artwork has been futile since it’s attractive as a play structure.

Council’s finance and economic development committee received an update on the operations at Lansdowne and the city’s partnership with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.

A common challenge for the city and OSEG is mitigating the sounds that come from Lansdowne activities and the various speaker systems.

The sounds of Lansdowne is a delicate issue. Music is bleeding between restaurants. Concerts are bugging some Glebe residents. Receptions in the Horticulture Building are keeping neighbours up at night.

Capital Coun. David Chernushenko defended neighbours who complain about the noise.

“We do like fun, just not until 2 a.m. every morning,” Chernushenko said.

Chenier said the city is still learning about how the sound travels from Lansdowne. There is a review ongoing and the city is assessing mitigation techniques, he said.

OSEG CEO Bernie Ashe said Lansdowne is still in “start-up” mode, even with most of the condo units and retail spaces filled up. The company is still trying to lease offices.

“Normalized operations” at Lansdowne will happen in 2017-2018, Ashe said.

The new air conditioning system is now at full capacity in TD Place arena. On June 18 fans sweltered watching UFC matches because only 60 per cent of the air conditioning had been installed.

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