Here are a few updates and reminders for upcoming events that may be of interest to you and your neighbours in Capital Ward.
Councillor for Capital Ward
Conseiller pour le quartier Capitale
In this issue
Wednesday, June 25, 4 – 8 p.m.
The City of Ottawa has initiated a planning and functional design study for the review and implementation of improved neighbourhood cycling routes within the Glebe. The intent of this project is to review the cycling connections in the neighbourhood as a whole, as well as to review each of the proposed routes individually, considering different design alternatives in order to provide an improved cycling environment within the community.
The purpose of this Public Information Session is to present the evaluation process, the preferred concepts and next steps, as well as to provide the public and interested stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss the study with the project team. It will be a drop-in style public meeting providing you the opportunity learn about the project at your convenience.
Your comments are welcome and encouraged at any point during this study. For more information, or if you require special accommodation to attend the event, please contact:
Heidi Cousineau P.Eng.
Wednesday, June 25, 4 – 7 p.m.
Five finalists were chosen to submit detailed proposals for public artwork on Main Street in Old Ottawa East. After considering comments from the public, a peer assessment committee will select one artist to develop, design and install artwork on Main Street.
This open house is an opportunity to meet the artists and members of the project team, and to view visual renderings, models and detailed proposals. You can ask questions and submit comments during the event, or online by completing an online survey.
Preview the proposed artwork:
The entrance to Laframboise Hall is located on Main Street across from Caisse populaire Desjardins. OC Transpo bus #5 stops at St. Paul University. Paid parking is available at St. Paul University, and free on-street parking is available after 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The City of Ottawa is planning a cycling facility along the O'Connor St. corridor as part of a Cross-town Bikeway that would link Confederation Boulevard (at Wellington St.), the Central Business District, Centretown and the Glebe.
The O'Connor Bikeway Study will review and evaluate alternative design options for the bikeway and will lead to a recommended functional design concept that has the highest likelihood of implementation based on technical feasibility, affordability and community input.
For more information about the project, contact:
Robert Grimwood, P.Eng.
Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The annual Community Cup tournament, now in its 10th year, is a fun family event aimed at connecting newcomers to Ottawa with each other and with longstanding residents. The will be a recreational, co-ed soccer tournament, live entertaiment, demonstration sports, food vendors, a Kids Zone, a Community Tent and a citizenship ceremony where 40 newcomers will receive their Canadian citizenship.
To learn more, visit communitycup.ca.
The O-Train expanded frequency service — with the train coming every eight minutes instead of the current 15 — is now expected to begin before the end of 2014, and not by September as originally planned.
Meanwhile, the sound attenuation barrier in Heron Park has been designed and tendered (tender closes on July 14), and construction is also expected to be completed by year's end, in advance of the expanded service.
For more information on the O-Train, visit octranspo.com.
The design for the underpass of the O-Train tracks at Brookfield Rd. in Heron Park has been approved and funding for construction has been secured. The completion date for construction of the underpass is currently under evaluation but is expected to be late in 2015.
The current at-grade crossing will be decommissioned this fall and a detour route will be signed. The new underpass means there will be no need for bells and lights at the crossing.
Landlocked Brewer Park Pond, a former artificial swimming hole in Old Ottawa South, will soon begin its transformation into a naturally-functioning habitat for all kinds of wildlife as it is reconnected to the Rideau River.
Using an ecosystem approach, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, the City of Ottawa and other partners intend to increase overall biodiversity with a new, vibrant wetland and pond. The site will feature shoreline plantings, breeding bird habitat, amphibian habitat, turtle nesting beds and basking logs all connected to the main channel of the nearby Rideau River. The pond will provide improved spawning, nursery, rearing and feeding habitat for local fish populations in the Rideau.
On-site work will take seven or eight weeks starting in early August. For the safety of park users, there will be fencing around the pond and shoreline during construction. There will be an opportunity to volunteer for a shoreline planting day in early October.
For more information, and to follow the progress of the Brewer Park Pond Restoration Project, visit the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority website.
Thank you to all who submitted suggestions for the new park proposed for Woodbine Pl. and Carlyle Ave. in Old Ottawa South. Around 40 people attended our workshops and more than a dozen families submitted creative ideas for the space.
Based on your feedback, the majority of residents would like the park to consist primarily of open space, with only limited fixed structures. We also heard that a stairway entrance from Sunnyside Ave. would be necessary, as well as a pathway extending the length of the park to connect its two entrances. It goes without saying that a fence will be installed along Sunnyside, in addition to a barrier along Woodbine Place to prevent snow dumping and illegal parking. Many people also expressed an interest in having art featured in the space.
I have asked staff to prepare a draft design and cost estimate. The design and estimate will help guide us in identifying what kind of amenities — benches, picnic tables, landscaping, games table, sandbox — can be included, and where they will go.
Listening to your comments also made me realize that in order to do this project right, I needed to increase the budget. With the approval of the Ottawa South Community Association, I have doubled my commitment from the Cash-in-lieu of Parkland funds at my disposal, and have set aside $99,000 for this effort. Do it once and do it right, right? With the cost of final design expected to exceed even this amount, one resident suggested an idea that I would wholeheartedly support: A "Friends of the Park" group to help fundraise for the smaller elements that might be added in later phases. Such a group could also act as local stewards of the park, local eyes and ears for a precious new community space.
Stayed tuned for another update from me about this project in August.