Rideau Canal Crossing Environmental Assessment - Public Open House on September 27

The City of Ottawa is undertaking an environmental assessment (EA) study to identify a recommended plan for improving multi-use (pedestrian/cycling) linkages over the Rideau Canal between the Pretoria and Bank Street bridges (commonly referred to as the Midtown Footbridge). At this open house, members of the public will have the opportunity to review the evaluation of alternative design concepts, review and comment on the preliminary Recommended Plan for the crossing, and ask questions and discuss the project with members of the study team.

Glebe Community Centre, Scotton Hall
175 Third Avenue
7-9 p.m., presentation at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Colin Simpson, Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning
colin.simpson@ottawa.ca, 613 580-2424, ext. 27881

Background information on the project is available on the OECA's Transportation page.

Brantwood Park and Springhurst Park Fall Clean-up - October 6

Please join Rideau River Nature Trail volunteers to pick up garbage and clean graffiti on Saturday, October 6, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Please bring gloves if you have them. Also if you would like to help remove some of the stubborn burdock in the park, please bring pruners or other cutting tools. Bags will be provided. Meet at the Brantwood field house at the corner of Onslow and Burnham.

Volunteers wishing to clean up in Springhurst Park and along the adjacent Rideau River shore will meet at the same time, October 6, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the basketball courts near the corner of Brunswick and Springhurst.

Update on Highway 417 Widening Project

The OECA has spoken with representatives from the Ministry of Transportation regarding the closure of the Lees Avenue on-ramp (eastbound) due to the widening of Highway 417 (the Queensway). We have been advised that the on-ramp will not be closed until spring 2013. The delay is a result of the ministry's decision to combine the widening project with the city's light rail eastward expansion, and therefore one contractor will be selected for the combined job. That contractor is expected to be chosen in late 2012 and the work will begin in spring 2013. For more information about the project, please visit the OECA's transportation page here.

Springhurst Park Revitalization Project

After numerous public consultations with children, youth and adults over the past six months, the community’s feedback has been summarized and forwarded to the City of Ottawa and their team of park developers and landscape architects. Representatives of the Ottawa East Community Association (OECA), the Ottawa East Community Activities Group (CAG), the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre (SHCHC), Lady Evelyn School, and other community members – the Springhurst Park Revitalization Working Group – have reviewed several drawings by the city and their landscape architect and have provided feedback on these. On August 13, 2012, the city provided a revised draft plan with these comments in mind.

Main Farmers’ Market Art Show – September 8 - Cancelled

The Main Farmers' Market Art Show, originally scheduled for September 8, has unfortunately been cancelled. We hope to be able to offer a similar event in 2013.

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