Halloween Fun Run – October 26

Champlain Park is once again hosting its annual fun run through the Champlain Woods. Runners 5 and under run an 800 meter loop and the 5 and overs (ability dependant) complete a 2K. This year we will take advantage of the newly de-paved SJAM connection to the woods! Prizes will be awarded for best costume and top 3 finishers per age category. All participants receive a candy medal. Donations of $10 or more per runner are encouraged but not required and funds this year go to OSS u14 girls basketball and the ‘Jumpstart’ equal access to sport fund. No registration is required; just show up in costume and run.

Come out and run and send a message to kids in the community that Halloween can be about more than just sugary treats! Volunteers are welcomed as finish line coordinators or on course Marshalls. Donations of food and drink are also welcomed. Contact peterlaughton@rogers.com if you are able to help.

[Poster for the Fun Run]
8th Annual Champlain Park Halloween Run 2019.pdf

Champlain Park’s Annual General Meeting – October 29

Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA)
Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Tuesday October 29, 2019
at the Champlain Park Fieldhouse
All community residents are welcome to come for a meet and greet with refreshments at 6:30 pm, followed by the business meeting at 7 pm.

Community Association Memberships can be purchased at the door.
Chair: Nick Xenos


Report from City Councillor:

Jeff Lieper

Financial Report from CPCA Treasurer:

Josh Bizjak

Election of Board for 2019/20:

Nick Xenos

Guest Speaker (30 minutes):

Michael Sarich, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board will be providing updates on 2017 and 2019 river flooding and will take questions from the audience afterwards.

Business Items:

  1. Approval of minutes of previous AGM 23 Oct 2018 – Liz Gyalokay (2 minutes)
  2. Reports from the Board (5 minutes each)
    1. Membership Report– Jennie Hornosty
    2. Civic Engagement – Roland Dorsay
    3. Social – Carol Arnason
    4. Planning and Zoning – Heather Pearl & Lynne Bankier
    5. Environment – Daniel Buckles and Adrian Bradley
  3. Other Business
  4. Adjournment

For information about the board election, please see our call for candidates.

Unitarian Fall Fair – November 16

The First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa is having their fair on November 16, from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Donated items are sold at low prices (you can haggle them lower as the day goes on), with a silent auction for the more valuable art and collectible items. More info at https://www.firstunitarianottawa.ca/fall-fair.html

Unitarian Fall Fair Poster.pdf

Keyworth Avenue Sewer Work

In local news – The Keyworth Avenue Sewer is being Rehabilitated.

The city’s contractor has been installing a temporary sewer pipe from the corner of Clearview and Keyworth right over the Carleton Avenue bridge and onto Scott Street. Once the sewer under Keyworth has been bypassed, they’ll be relining it to make it last longer (delaying the need to dig it up and replace it).

Of course, during this work Keyworth will be even more impassible than usual (lots of house construction already clogs up the south end). There was even a bus detour to completely avoid the street on Thursday due to a gas leak. Though they did bury most of the temporary pipe, so Keyworth should be mostly back to normal during the relining operation.

Temporary sewer pipe crosses Carleton Avenue bridge and goes down south side of Amanda Avenue.

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New Patricia Avenue Sidewalk

In local news – there’s a new sidewalk on Patricia Avenue!

The former asphalt one has been replaced with a new concrete sidewalk. It has fewer cracks than the old one, a slip reduction rubber pad at the corner, and the sideways tilt is about half of the previous one (formerly it had driveway ramps sloping up completely in the half of the sidewalk next to the street).

The more noticeable change is that the corner of Patricia and Amanda is narrower, just the width of the road. Formerly it was the junction with Island Park Drive and part of the extra wide curve was the former road going up the hill to Island Park.

The $120,000 budget was funded by the city of Ottawa and the Federal government. And it seems like they’re finished as of October 18th 2019, except for a bit of landscaping repair to the adjacent front lawns.

New Patricia Avenue sidewalk at the corner with Sunnymede. Note the slip reduction rubber pad built into the curve, the place where slips are more likely.

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Wreath Making Workshop – December 1

Join the Champlain Park Garden Club on Sunday afternoon, December 1, for a holiday-wreath making workshop at the Fieldhouse. No artistic skill needed to make an 18-inch wreath with five types of fresh evergreen boughs and berries. All materials supplied. Have a fun day with your friends, even mark a birthday with this fun, creative hour.

Cost is $29. Sessions start at 1 pm and 3:30 pm. Please register in advance by calling Laurie Fagan, 613.728.1945.

[Wreath on a Door]
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Craft Fair – November 23

Champlain Park Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Handmade gifts including soaps, jewelry, baking, knitted scarves, hats, pottery, sewn items, and festive decor items.

At the Champlain Park Fieldhouse, on Saturday, November 23 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more info, contact Laurie Fagan, 613.728.1945.

[Kitted Decorated Hats]
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Pontiac De-paving Day Photo Review

Community Effort to Remove Pavement on Pontiac Street and Reclaim Paradise!!

Last Saturday, a family-friendly event was led by Councillor Jeff Leiper to de-pave one block of Pontiac Street and to re-connect the green space of Champlain Park directly to NCC lands accessing the Ottawa river.

The Councillor received sponsorship from the City with funds from cash-in-lieu of parkland money and a small grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Energetic community volunteers showed up to dig up sections of pavement and transfer them to City dumpsters. The volunteers were organized by Enviro Centre and Champlain Park Community Association, with coffee from Bridgehead and bagels from the Ottawa Bagel Shop.

In the near future, the City workers will finish digging the gravel base, adding soil, and seeding the area. The NCC will remove the fence and gravel on their side. Volunteers plan to landscape the NCC land with native species of ground cover, shrubs and trees. As Joni Mitchell sang in her song “Big Yellow Taxi”, “you don’t know what you’ve got, ’till it’s gone”. It’s not often a parking lot gets turned into parkland!

Enviro Centre team with Champlain Park Community Association volunteer, Debra Huron, set up coffee (Bridgehead) and bagels (Ottawa Bagel Shop) as well as supplying tools and safety gear for volunteers. Photo by John Arnason.

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