2012 is shaping up to be a busy year in Capital Ward. Read on for news about upcoming events and meetings, plus my views on how the design for Lansdowne Park has been evolving, and updates on the multi-use pathway in Old Ottawa East, and OC Transpo Route 112 in Heron Park.
Councillor for Capital Ward
Capital Ward Cup Hockey Tournament
Saturday, February 11 at 10 a.m.
Heron Park outdoor rink, 999 Heron Rd.
This year’s Capital Ward Cup Hockey Tournament is hitting the ice in Heron Park, where new hockey nets and old rivalries guarantee a great event. Can the Heron Park Hackers, the Old Ottawa East Hosers or the Glebe Goal-Getters dethrone the reigning Old Ottawa South Moose?
The Capital Ward Cup is a friendly battle between co-ed teams put together from willing players just in time for the tournament each year.
If you just want to watch, come out to Heron Park on Saturday, Feb. 11, to cheer the players on.
Capital Ward Walk/Skate
Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m.
Brewer Park Skating Oval, 151 Brewer Way
The first Capital Ward Walk of 2012 will be a bit different! Join Councillor David Chernushenko for a walk, tour and skate at Brewer Park on Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m.
Meet at the Brewer Park Skating Oval change hut (west end of Grove Ave.) While walking, we’’ll hear details of the plans for a community garden at Brewer Park and the temporary relocation of the Ottawa Farmers Market to Sloan Avenue during Lansdowne Park redevelopment. We'll finish with skating and conversation on the Brewer Oval, followed by hot chocolate and cookies.
Skating is optional. Warm clothing is not.
Hwy. 417 Expansion: Public Consultation
Monday, February 13, 4 to 8 p.m.
Hampton Inn Ottawa Conference Centre, 200 Coventry Rd.
The Ministry of Transportation is hosting a public consultation on the expansions, operational improvements and infrastructure rehabilitation from Nicholas St. to Hwy. 174. This major project includes the widening and superstructure replacement of the Hurdman Bridge, the replacement of the Lees Ave. bridge, and other work that will affect residents of Capital Ward.
The meeting starts at 4 p.m., with the presentation at 6 p.m.
For more information, visit the project website or download the Ministry of Transportation's meeting notice.
Safer bridges for everyone
As you may know, I am working on improving the safety of the Bank Street Bridge and Billings Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians (and vehicles too!). Cyclists don’t belong on sidewalks, but many feel unsafe on the road on these bridges. I’m hoping to make the outside lanes in both directions “no passing” lanes, effectively obliging cars to treat a cyclist as they do any vehicle: either move safely to the inside lane to pass a cyclist, or stay behind the cyclist until safely off the bridge.
Lansdowne Design Review Panel Update
Minor improvements can’t fix fundamental problems
Shortly before I took office in December 2010, I was appointed to the Lansdowne Design Review Panel. The LDRP has final review authority over the integrated design, landscape and architectural plans for the Lansdowne Park redevelopment that was approved by the previous City Council.
At the time, I was well aware that the majority of Capital Ward residents objected strongly to how the redevelopment had been handled, and to the form it was taking. More than that, I shared your views. So why agree to join the LDRP?
Continue reading HERE.
Old Ottawa East Multi-Use Pathway Update
The University of Ottawa's initial proposal for the playing field at 200 Lees Ave. placed the sports facility too close to the Rideau River. The planned extension of the Rideau River Multi-Use Pathway would have been forced to take an alternative route away from the shoreline.
I made it clear that this plan was incompatible with the desires of local residents as expressed in the recently approved Community Design Plan (CDP). The University has advised us that a revised proposal will allow the pathway to remain on the shoreline. I will continue tracking this issue to make sure the University follows through.
Changes to Bus 112 in Heron Park
With OC Transpo's route optimization, implemented in September, the local 115 route that served the Heron Park community was combined with Route 112. Now, instead of travelling along Bank St. south of Billings Bridge, it’s been rerouted to residential Clementine Blvd.
Combining these two routes has increased transit service in Heron Park, but it also means buses now travel up and down Clementine Blvd. more than 30 times a day, starting as early as 4:30 a..m and not ending until nearly 1 a.m. This has been very disruptive to the residents along this part of the route, and my office has been working with OC Transpo to try to find a solution. We would see less bus traffic on Heron Park’s residential streets while still providing an acceptable level of service for riders. OC Transpo’s ridership numbers did not support a reduction in daytime service, but we were able to agree on changes to the early-morning and late-night runs.
During the next round of route alterations, expected in late April 2012, the 112 runs leaving Billings Bridge before 6 a.m. and after 11:30 p.m. will return to Bank St. rather than using Clementine.