Spring Cleanup 2019


April 27 WE CLEAN IT UP.

Champlain Park is looking for volunteers for our annual Spring Cleanup. The snow has gone and debris accumulated over a long winter has started to appear. Now’s the time to get it! Later, spring growth makes us pull out more grass than trash, and we wouldn’t want to do that.

The cleanup, part of the City’s Cleaning the Capital campaign, is a chance for neighbours of all ages – kids, teens, and adults – to get together, say hello, and help spruce up the neighbourhood.

We’ll meet at the fieldhouse on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Juice, coffee, and cookies will be served. There is a map so that people can choose an area to work on. We’ll wrap up by noon. In case of rain, we’ll meet instead on Sunday, April 28.

The designated cleanup areas are the south side of Amanda above the transitway; the boulevard on Northwestern and the path at its north end; and along the fence on Patricia and Pontiac and in the Champlain Woods between the fence and the parkway. It also includes the beach area along the river at the foot of Carleton, and any other public spaces you think could use some help.

We recommend wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts, appropriate footwear and gloves. The City will provide garbage bags.

If you have any questions or suggestions, call Andrea Murphy or Ian Reid at 613-715-9504.

For posts about Spring Cleanups, see https://champlainpark.org/category/community-news/spring-cleanup/

Community Association Board Meeting Agenda – April 23


Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) Board Meeting

Tuesday April 23, 2019
7:30 PM at the Fieldhouse
Everybody Welcome

Board meetings will have an open session for community residents to observe business discussions. Non board community members will also be invited to participate at certain times by the chair and there will be “in camera” topics for the board members only.

Open session

  1. Approval of previous minutes of executive meeting March 7, 2019 – Liz – 5 minutes
  2. Report of interim executive motions – All
  3. Treasurer Update – Josh – (Information, 10 minutes)
  4. Update on Fundraising Discussion – Josh – Information – 5 minutes
  5. Vote on woodlands proposal – Daniel – Decision, 10 minutes
  6. Death of the LPASC – Heather – Information, 5 minutes
  7. Emergency preparedness plan – Roland – Decision – 5 minutes
  8. Planning and Zoning: 227 Carleton – Heather – Information – 5 minutes
  9. NCC Land Access Permit – Heather, Adrian, Dan – Information – 5 minutes
  10. SJAM trail – donation of additional funds – Lynne – Decision – 5 minutes
  11. Other Business
  12. Next Meeting

Playground Flooding Warning

Champlain Park is constructed on part of the Ottawa River’s old flood plain. This can affect the rate of storm water drainage during heavy rains. Therefore, we suggest that our residents also exercise caution around the wading pool, play structure and in any low-lying areas.

General flood info and current status: https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergency-services/emergency-preparedness/flood-information-0

From https://ottawa.ca/en/news/water-pooling-and-flooding-creates-hazard-some-city-parks

Water pooling and flooding creates hazard at some City parks

April 17, 2019 Announcements and Events

The City of Ottawa is asking residents to ensure that children and pets are kept away from City wading pools and play structures in parks located near a river.
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It’s time to TREE yourself!

Please contact the Environment Committee if you have any ideas for the neighbourhood regarding the following Ecology offerings…

Our tree giveaways are starting back up!

The largest outreach effort in the history of our organization is about to begin!

For the past two years, we have been giving local native tree saplings to Ottawa-area residents. 2019 will be the largest giveaway yet. Ecology Ottawa has 12,000 trees that need to find their forever homes. This year, in addition to nine different kinds of coniferous and deciduous trees, we will be giving away a variety of fruit- and nut-bearing trees and shrubs.
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NCC Westboro Beach Improvements Workshop – April 29

From http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/events/share-your-ideas-for-the-redesign-of-westboro-beach

How can we improve Westboro Beach?

The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites you to attend a public workshop on the Westboro Beach area redevelopment project.
During this workshop, we will ask you for your thoughts and ideas on:

  • The design of a new pavilion and its surrounding landscape
  • Ways to provide enhanced, year-round experiences for beachgoers and site users
  • Opportunities to revitalize and celebrate the beach’s built heritage

[Westboro Beach in 2015]
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Calling all Green Thumbs

Woodland Restoration Projects:

Join your neighbours in the rehabilitation of the Champlain Woods. This year we are planting native ground cover and shrubs from a list created especially for Champlain Park by the University of Ottawa Plant Science Laboratory and the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. We hope to gradually displace the invasive species such as buckthorn and shift the plant diversity in the woods towards native trees and understory shrubs and ground cover.

If you have any of the plants on the list and would like to donate seeds or potted plants, please contact Catherine Shearer (metshag@gmail.com) or Daniel Buckles (dbuckles@sas2.net) or Adrian Bradley (adrian.bradley@sympatico.ca).

[List and Charts of Local Plants]
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Package Thief Spotted

Subject: News from Ottawa Police Service / Les nouvelles du Service de police d’Ottawa
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:12:05 -0400
From: Dawn Neilly <wellingtoncpc@gmail.com>

1. On Monday, April 8th, 2019 at approximately 1:30 pm frontline officers responded to a vehicle in the area of Holland Avenue and Island Park Drive where its occupants were observed attending multiple residences stealing parcels left on their doorstep. Officers were able to locate and arrest a lone male who had numerous packages with none addressed to him.

Ottawa Police request the residents in the area bound by Scott Street, Carling Avenue, Holland Avenue and Preston Street who received notifications of delivered packages but where no packages were present to contact Ottawa Police Criminal Investigative Unit as they may have been recovered.
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