OOE Children's Garden part of Sustainability Tour of Ottawa - September 14

The Children's Garden has been selected as one of 10 sites across the city showcasing themes of sustainability in the Ottawa Sustainability Tour this Saturday (September 14). The garden will be illustrating the theme of food. Below are more details:

Date: Saturday September 14th
Time: 8:30am start
Location: Richelieu Park, Vanier

Each venue on the tour illustrates a different theme of sustainability. Participants are invited to travel by car, bicycle, or bus to visit the remarkable places highlighted as part of this self-guided tour. A tour book will guide visitors to the sites and explain the following themes of sustainability: transportation, energy, design, habitat, food, natural capital, waste, health, recreation, and a sense of place.

The opening launch begins at 8:30 a.m. with free pancakes at North America's only urban maple sugar shack in Richelieu Park, Vanier. After the 9:00 a.m. opening ceremony with Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mathieu Fleury, groups of cyclists, cars and perhaps a bus will depart on their adventure. Five other sites along the route will also hold events that day:
- Corktown Footbridge: a choir and information on sustainable transportation (AM)
- University of Ottawa: Première Moisson coupons for early arrivals, site explanations (AM)
- Fletcher Wildlife Garden: Volunteer experts to answer your questions about habitats (PM)
- Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence: Interpretation of building features (PM)
- terra20 – meeting with product experts, short waste reduction talks, light refreshments (PM)

The tour launch will also be the launch of two other Ottawa initiatives:
- Gemagram: a cloud-based app that will carry the tour book (bring your smart phone)
- Ottawa Learnery: talks that are rich in ideas, delivered with passion

A booklet of the tour is available on Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City's website http://obec-evbo.ca/ which allows you to choose which sites you are interested in seeing at a time that is convenient for you! Booklet is available in French and English.

Update on University of Ottawa's football home opener on September 7

The OECA has received the following update from the University of Ottawa regarding their home opener football game on September 7 to be held at the new stadium on Lees Avenue:

“We have received permission from the Rideau Conservation Authority to put portapotties and handwashing stations behind the bleachers. We will have security personnel monitoring this area on game days to ensure no one is blocking the bike path. In addition, they will be emptied every Monday after a game and will be locked up to ensure there is no vandalism between games.

We will be operating a BBQ and beer garden on game days beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at the start of the fourth quarter. Again, we will have security onsite to ensure patrons are well-behaved and to ensure age of majority. The BBQ and beer garden will operate in the rear courtyard behind Lees Avenue. Alcohol will not be permitted anywhere else on the premises and we will be conducting bag checks to enforce this policy.

There will be no public parking at 200 Lees on game days. Parking is reserved for season ticket holders, media, officials, etc. The public is being encouraged to use sustainable transportation (e.g. bus, bike, walk). We will have three parking lots available on campus for fans to park at and we will be offering complimentary shuttle buses from the Minto Sports Complex to Lees for those who choose not to walk. In all communications, we are asking fans to respect the local communities by not parking on city streets in Old Ottawa South or in Sandy Hill. In addition, we are encouraging students to use their uPass and take OC Transpo.”

Main Street environmental assessment completed

The City of Ottawa has completed an Environmental Assessment of the Main Street renewal project. For more information about reviewing the Environmental Study Report (ESR), please read this document from city staff (l'avis en français).

Springhurst Park playground construction to begin August 1

Construction is scheduled to begin on August 1 at Springhurst Park, located at 24 Brunswick Street. The work will begin with the removal and replacement of a retaining wall in the preschool play yard. As a result, the play yard will be closed while the wall is being replaced and once completed, the area will be inspected and re-opened to the public. Construction will then continue in the open area of the park north of the basketball courts and south of the t-ball net until the end of August.

Work on the playground is part of the Springhurst Park revitalization project, lead by the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre and with the support of a City of Ottawa matching grant.

A complete street for Main Street!

With only six councillors opposed, the Main Street Renewal proposal was approved on July 17 by Ottawa City Council.

The "complete street" design for Main Street will transform our community by reducing and slowing car traffic, providing safer and wider sidewalks for pedestrians, a safe cycle track for cyclists, and an improved streetscape for businesses and future development.

Now we move on to the detailed design discussion (e.g., Main-Riverdale, turning lanes, cyclist safety on Smyth-McIlraith Bridge) and we have related issues like undergrounding of hydro wires. Please continue to visit the website for more updates as the Main Street Renewal working group moves forward with providing input on the environmental assessment and design plans.

Thank you to everyone outside the Old Ottawa East community who supported a complete street for Main Street. And thank you to Councillor Chernushenko for providing great leadership at city council.

For more information about the complete street design, see the story below entitled, “Main Street Renewal goes to Council on July 17.” It has a link to city staff’s report.

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