Wading Pool Opening – June 26

Summer time around the pool is here!

Our wading pool will open for the season starting on June 26, 2022 (weather dependent) and run until August 22. It’s usually open noonish until around dinner time, closed on Wednesdays. The city’s Wading Pool Information Page has more information and a map. There may be Covid-19 restrictions, if conditions warrant. The opening of wading pools is dependent on the weather. If the weather looks uncertain, call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 to find out if the wading pool is open that day.

[Wading Pool Photo]

Our Pool is Located at Champlain Park – 140 Carleton Ave.

Visitors are reminded to abide by admission requirements and water safety rules.

Day July & August
Monday 11 am to 6 pm
Tuesday noon to 7pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday noon to 7pm
Friday 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday noon to 5 pm
Sunday noon to 5 pm

Other related pool cooling off options:

Other pools and beaches are listed on the City’s swimming page.

There’s also the RA Outdoor Pool Schedule

COVID-19 and CPCA Operations in Fall 2021

How the CPCA will operate this season:

  • Undertake only outdoor community activities, where physical distancing can be achieved, to be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact the CPCA Board via the website if you are interested in organizing such an activity (Include details).
  • Covid waiver to be signed where applicable.
  • All meetings and AGM to be virtual.
  • Note that Board members remain active, attending virtual meetings and responding in writing to the City Councillor, City of Ottawa Committees and Committee of Adjustment regarding issues and proposals that affect our community.

Continue reading “COVID-19 and CPCA Operations in Fall 2021”

The Tempest in Our Park! – July 8

Heads Up and Save the Date!

A Company of Fools returns to Champlain Park this summer.

Date: Friday July 8, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Play: Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Bring your own chairs, your snacks and drinks, family and friends. The actors request that you pay what you can in cash when they pass the hat at the end of the play. We welcome them back to our park on the 32nd anniversary of their outdoor summer entertainment program in City of Ottawa parks!

[Colourful wooden two story set with actors]

From The Fools: A shipwreck. A deserted island. A man with a 12 year-old grudge. Betrayal. Revenge. Magic. And a little bit of power imbalance thrown in for good measure.
Continue reading “The Tempest in Our Park! – July 8”

OC Transpo Scott Street Bus Detour

Scott St. Bus Detour in effect starting today

The Transitway will permanently close between Tunney’s Pasture and Dominion Stations to allow for construction of the Stage 2 O-Train extensions to Algonquin and Moodie Stations. The closures and bus detours will be implemented in phases starting Thursday, June 23, until Sunday, June 26. There will be temporary bus stop and station access adjustments at Tunney’s Pasture Station to accommodate the transition to the new detour routing. Customers travelling during the transition period should check octranspo.com for details on bus stop changes and detours.

  • Buses will travel on Scott Street.
  • At Westboro Station customers will use temporary bus platforms on Scott Street. The station roadway and building will be closed.
  • Routes 62 and 75 will provide service to a pair of stops on Scott Street at Island Park Drive. No other detoured bus routes will serve these stops.
  • At Dominion Station, customers will use new temporary bus platforms on the realigned temporary Transitway.

At Dominion, Westboro, Tunney’s Pasture and Iris stations, signage will help direct customers to the interim access points and bus stops, and OC Transpo staff will be on site over the first number of days to assist. For the latest detour information, visit octranspo.com/alerts.

Visit octranspo.com or call 613-560-5000 for more information about OC Transpo construction detours and summer service and schedules. You can also connect with OC Transpo through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Patricia Oak News

via Daniel…

Daniel Buckles published today an OPED in the Ottawa Citizen on the loss of the Patricia Avenue “Party Tree” and the importance of heritage trees and planting native/near-native species to the urban canopy. The pre-confederation tree was irreparably damaged in last month’s big derecho storm. Please share as you see fit.


[Giant Bur Oak on Patricia]

Tunney’s Pasture Redevelopment Q&A – June 20

Tunney’s Pasture Redevelopment Project: Invitation to Participate

Canada Lands Company (CLC) and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) were very pleased to see the high degree of participation in our workshops of May 25 and 26, during which attendees provided input into the development of “community values” that will inform the redevelopment of Tunney’s Pasture.

And, we would also like to give members of the community another opportunity to have their questions answered during a virtual “Questions and Answers Coffee House” meeting that we will hold from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20. To register, please visit: https://engage.clc-sic.ca/tunney-s-pasture-vision-to-reality.

Canada Lands and PSPC are committed to meaningful engagement and we greatly appreciate your interest in this project. We strongly believe the community’s involvement will lead to a better outcome for the transformation of Tunney’s Pasture.

Additional message from Heather Pearl: for regular community updates on this project, please consider joining Neighbours for Tunney’s. Send your email request to NeighboursforTunneys@gmail.com

Thanks, Heather

Patricia Oak Celebration – June 14

Celebration of life

Patricia Avenue neighbours invite one and all to gather opposite 203 Patricia Avenue to celebrate the life of an old-growth burr oak on the street. It is known as “The Party Tree” because for years the shade of the tree hosted the Patricia Avenue Labour Day street party.

The tree is being removed by Forestry Services on Wednesday, June 15 because it was irreparably damaged by the recent fierce storm (derecho).

Drop by tomorrow (Tuesday, June 14) between 7 and 8 pm, to share stories with neighbours about this and other significant trees. The Patricia Bur Oak is one of only a handful of pre-confederation trees in the neighbourhood, linked genetically to the ancient oak forest that developed along this stretch of the Ottawa River some 9,000 years ago (for details on the history, see https://www.champlainoaks.net/).

[Giant Bur Oak on Patricia]

Spongy Moth Burlap Kits Available

The Trees Need Your Help

The Spongy moth (Lymantria dispar dispar), formerly known as the Gypsy Moth, is a non-native and invasive insect in Ontario that defoliates forests. Last summer the moth population surged, causing widespread damage. It is back, and doing harm to trees in Champlain Park, including the heritage bur oaks.

The City has provided the community environment team with burlap, string and instructions for how you can protect trees on your property and in our public spaces such as the Park. Please contact Daniel Buckles if you want to protect a tree, and make arrangements to pick up the materials. You can also remove the insects on small trees by hand (protect yourself with gloves). For details on installing the burlap see the City website on Spongy Moth.

For burlap kits, contact: dbuckles@sas2.net (613-807-8048).

The insect looks like this in June through August.

[Spongy moth, or Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD), is an insect formerly known as “Gypsy Moth”. It feeds on the foliage of trees during the caterpillar phase of its lifecycle.]

Community Association Board Meeting Agenda – June 15


Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) Board Meeting

Wednesday June 15, 2022
7:30 PM via Google Meet
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. Please contact the secretary via champlainpark@gmail.com to request a link to join the meeting.

Open session

  1. Approval of minutes of May 4, 2022 – Lynne
  2. Report of interim motions – all
  3. Membership and awareness drive – Jennie & Richard – Decision
  4. Timing of AGM – return to having the AGM in the fall? – Richard – Decision
  5. Report on Neighbours for Tunney’s and K-9 meetings – Heather – Info
  6. Fieldhouse Garden – Decision – Laurie Motions
    i) To approve a revised budget of $615.
    ii) To approve Laurie Fagan, Fieldhouse Co-ordinator, as signatory on behalf of the CPCA  for two contracts required to build and maintain the garden:  Consent to Enter, Maintenance Agreement
  7. Update on Fieldhouse Operations – Laurie
  8. Update on Community Partners Insurance Program – Info – Lynne
  9. Other Business
  10. Next Meeting

Agenda last updated at 14:55 on June 10th.

FCA-FAC Best practices at Committee of Adjustment Workshop – June 9

On June 9 (was postponed from May 26), the Federation of Citizens Associations (FCA) is hosting a workshop for Ottawa’s community members on Best practices at Committee of Adjustment (CofA).

A poster, which includes registration information for the workshop, is at: http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/220526wkshp.pdf All are welcome.

P.S. Our own Heather Pearl is helping with the “Do’s and Don’ts at Committee of Adjustment” section.