Brantwood dock installed

Brantwood Park's new dock is back home at the foot of Clegg Street and will remain until the end of October when the city will remove it before the return of ice and high water.

The idea to bring a dock back to Brantwood Park began five years ago when Sustainable Living Ottawa East (SLOE) proposed the dock as one of the amenities that would enhance the Rideau River Nature Trail and the desire for a defined kayak-canoe launching site was shared over the years by many others.

The dock is similar to those previously installed at Windsor and Brewer parks: an aluminum ramp hinged to a concrete abutment embedded in the shoreline lands on a large floating raft so that the dock can adjust to varying river levels.

Closure of pathway through 200 Lees Avenue

This week the University of Ottawa will close the pedestrian and cycling pathway running through its 200 Lees campus so that the new stadium and playing field can be built. Pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured over the Lees Avenue bridge into Sandy Hill or across the Transitway bridge. The informal pathway along the river behind the university buildings will also be closed while the stadium/field are constructed. The planned closures will last until the end of August. The university is considering a request from the OECA to have the pathway reopened as soon as the soil remediation work is completed on the portion of the site containing the pathway. Click here to view a map.

New proposed mid-town footbridge design plans

The City of Ottawa has posted new design plans for the proposed mid-town footbridge. To view the design plans and provide comments, please see the Transportation page.

Recommendations to improve the Rideau River Nature Trail

Community residents met with landscape architect Martha Lush on April 12 to discuss improvements to the Rideau River Nature Trail, specifically the section through Brantwood Park. To view the draft "concept plan" prepared by Ms. Lush, please click here. Look for an article in the upcoming June issue of the Mainstreeter for full details about the meeting and the ideas shared.

Zoning By-law changes for low-rise infill housing in mature neighbourhoods going to city's planning committee April 10

The long-awaited Zoning By-law changes for low-rise infill housing in mature neighbourhoods is going to the City of Ottawa’s planning committee on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Anyone wishing to comment is invited to attend and speak. View the planning committee’s report and recommendations.

The OECA Planning Committee is in support of the recommendations with one or two minor modifications. The development industry are less enthusiastic for a variety of reasons not the least of which being the changes will restrict what is possible on a particular site.

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