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Update: Champlain Park – Park Land Expansion Proposal

Important:
Closing date for Councillor receiving your comments is October 31, 2016.

We would like to give a big thank-you to all those who made it to our best attended community meeting on September 27, 2016 with Councillor Jeff Leiper, discussing the proposed park land expansion within Champlain Park, involving the closure and conversion of a portion of Pontiac street.

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On the following Thursday and Friday after the meeting, Jeff did his own traffic survey of the traffic flow along the part of Pontiac Street in question. Below is a snippet of Jeff’s traffic survey counts which were published in his weekly Kitchissipi Ward Newsletter. For the complete article of Jeff’s observations, comments and counts regarding this proposal, please see his newsletter at: http://kitchissippiward.ca/content/update-potential-pontiac-closure

Traffic counts (snippet from Jeff’s Kitchissippi Ward Newsletter – October 1)
On Thursday morning, I did a count from 7:30 to 9:15 am.
On Pontiac westbound I observed:
From Northwestern: 9 vehicles, of which 8 had kids visible
From Carleton: 14 vehicles, of which 10 had kids visible and one bus
4 bikes
10 pedestrians
On Pontiac eastbound I observed:
One vehicle – a resident of the Keyworth/Cowley block
One vehicle from Cowley
12 vehicles from Keyworth, of which 4 were buses
7 vehicles from Patricia, of which 1 was a bus
33 bikes
6 pedestrians
On Friday, I was out from 3:15-5:05 and counted on Pontiac in the stretch we’re floating closing:
15 cars westbound that came from Northwestern
4 cars westbound that came from Carleton
17 cars eastbound from Cowley. My impression is that these were almost all Tunney’s parkers.
17 cars eastbound from Keyworth, including 7 that had a child visible in the car (my assumption is that these are pick-ups from the school), and 3 buses
10 cars eastbound from Patricia, including 6 that had a child visible in the car (again, I’m making an assumption of pick-ups)
2 bikes eastbound, and 15 bikes westbound
14 pedestrians eastbound, and 25 pedestrians westbound. As you might imagine, a very large number of these westbound pedestrians looked like they were headed to their car from Tunney’s Pasture.
As an observation, the school rush lasts for about 10 minutes immediately after the bell. Traffic is extremely light outside of that period.

Councillors next update
Jeff Leiper will be updating the Community on this proposal in a mid-November time-frame after he has received additional community comments and made further consultations.  Jeff has also done a preliminary discussion of the proposal with the City and he found there were no infrastructure issues and that there may be funding options available through grants.

October 31, 2016  – Closing date for receiving your comments
We strongly encouraged you to send your comments if you haven’t already done so before the closing date to: Councillor Jeff Leiper  Jeff.Leiper@Ottawa.ca

One response to “Update: Champlain Park – Park Land Expansion Proposal

  1. From: Debra Isabel Huron <dhuron@sympatico.ca>
    Date: October 31, 2016 at 10:10 AM
    Subject: Today is last day to let Councillor Leiper know you support closure of Pontiac Street to expand Champlain Park

    Dear neighbours,

    Today is the last day to let Councillor Jeff Leiper know your views on closure of Pontiac Street to traffic. He wants to know who is in favour of this proposal and who isn’t. He did a traffic study and has written this on his blog: http://www.kitchissippiward.ca/content/update-potential-pontiac-closure

    I am voting in favour of the street closure and here’s why:

    • removing hard surfaces in just one part of our neighbourhood will mean that more of the good, soft earth is returned to full life

    • it would be fantastic to have the park flow without impediment into the NCC greenspace that takes people down to the river; this can be accomplished by closing one block of Pontiac Street

    • we have lost significant trees, shrubs and hedges to infill development in Champlain Park; let’s make up for that by creating more greenery in the park

    • it will slow drivers who race along Pontiac Street to get to Carleton or Northwestern; have you noticed that people who live just west of the park along Pontiac have put up signs designed to protect their children from speeding cars? Let those cars use Clearview ave. to get where they want to go! It was redesigned a few years ago to calm traffic and is also a bus route.

    Please write to Councillor Leiper today at jeff.leiper@ottawa.ca