Membership Drive 2022 – A Few More Volunteers Needed

Urgently needed: Volunteers

Thanks to those who have already contacted me.  But we still need an additional 4-5 new canvas volunteers to assist with the membership drive.

It’s a fun and easy way to meet more neighbours.

What’s involved: a few hours of your time (usually late afternoon or evening or on weekends).

Visit about 20 houses on a designated street in the neighbourhood to collect fees and provide neighbours with a one-page handout that highlights the various activities of the Association.

Our canvas volunteers are the core of our Champlain Park Community Association fundraising efforts. Revenues collected enable a variety of community association activities.

If you are able to help or want more information, please contact: Jennie Hornosty (membership coordinator) at email: champlainpark@gmail.com with the subject line: membership drive.

Champlain Bridge Construction Work

Here’s the key part of a recent press release from the NCC, note that the bridge will be closed for a few days, then have reduced lanes available. The NCC rehabilitation info is at https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/projects/champlain-bridge-rehabilitation


Champlain Bridge rehabilitation and bike lane improvements

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is planning some rehabilitation work on the Champlain Bridge starting in August 2022 and resuming in spring 2023.

The bridge, originally built between 1924 and 1928, has not undergone major reconstruction since it was widened to a three-lane crossing in 2002. Currently, various components of the bridge require rehabilitation as part of life cycle repair and maintenance to efficiently maintain the crossing. The planned work will include improvements to the cycling lanes to ensure continued safety and a better access for cyclists as well as major repairs and repaving of the bridge

What to expect:

  • The initial phase of work for this project will begin on  August 16 and should be completed by th end of November.
  • August 16-18: There will be a full closure of the bridge overnight on August 16, 17 and 18, from 10 pm to 5 am, for equipment installation. The sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians.
  • As of August 17: There will be one vehicular lane open in each direction between August and November 2022.
  • A dedicated multi-use path on the bridge will be in place for pedestrians and cyclists throughout the entire construction project.
  • Clear signage will be in place to help users get around the construction area.

Flag persons will be present at various locations to direct traffic. We ask that users exercise caution, respect working crews, and obey signage and flag personnel.

Transport Canada Public Notice

A public notice was submitted by the NCC to Transport Canada for information. The Champlain Bridge rehabilitation project will not have an impact on navigation on the Ottawa River. The public may view the posting by visiting the Transport Canada registry.

Restoring Native Biodiversity

[Turkey crossing an asphalt road, pecking at it]

The Daniel Avenue turkey (A.K.A. the Patricia Avenue turkey) has delighted our front and back yard vistas all summer long, another sign of native biodiversity coming back to life in Champlain Park. Last summer a deer spent a month or so grazing the same area, rabbits abound everywhere, and we have enjoyed glimpses of foxes here and there. The ground hogs are not as much fun, or the occasional skunk, but overall relatively harmless creatures if left alone.

More widely appreciated are the trees and gardens along the de-paved section of Pontiac Avenue, and in various fragments of the NCC forest (A.K.A. the Champlain Woodlands). To celebrate these spaces, the Environment Committee has installed a sign at the ball diamond. The piece of wood is from the same Grandmother oak tree removed in 2011 from Northwestern Avenue that also graces the outside wall of the Field House (the dated cookie). The tree was a sapling in 1857, a decade before Canada became a country.

[Half circle tree slice with writing, on a post]

Sebastian Hadjiantoniou from Daniel Avenue created the sign while Mark Hartley of Clearview Avenue built the stand (and the earlier installation on the Field House). Our stalwart captain of engineering works, Kris Phillips of Northwestern Avenue dug the hole and poured the cement base. Daniel Buckles (Daniel on Daniel) launched the project, donated the wood and stickhandled the various bureaucracies to get it done.

Heartfelt thanks to the Champlain Park Community Association for important financial and administrative support, and to the office of Councillor Jeff Leiper, where a solution to the permissions puzzle was found. The City of Ottawa provided funding for tree planting on the various terraces, as did the the Ottawa family of Peter Sims (1980-2021), a committed climate activist.

We hope you are enjoying the trees and gardens this summer, along with the flowering and edible planters. The sign is intended to give local residents and the many people that pass through our community a bit of the story behind restoring native biodiversity in Champlain Park.

Little Forest and Pollinator Garden Tour – August 14

Tree and Garden Tour in Champlain Park

Sunday, August 14, 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Join John Arnason (Ethnobotanist), Owen Clarkin (Tree specialist), and Daniel Buckles (Community animator) for a tour of the pollinator gardens, “tiny forests,” and nearby woodlands of Champlain Park in Kitchissippi. Talks on plants, policies and the passion for nature.

Starts at 3:00 PM at the Field House, facing 150 Cowley Avenue.

Note: Outdoor event, physical distancing, masked or unmasked. Wear long pants and shoes, if you want to check out the trees in the forest.

[Growth in the Pollinator Garden 2022]

Hidden Harvest Fruit Drive

Do you have a Hidden Harvest to share?

Harvest season for grapes, apples and pears is right around the corner and Hidden Harvest Ottawa is always looking for people interested in sharing their bounty or time. If you have a tree with fruit to share, neighbourhood leaders will organize volunteers to come and pick the fruit to share with you, the volunteers and a local food agency like Parkdale Food Centre. Good quality fruit is always in high demand.

As well, volunteers are always needed to pick the fruit, and especially to become neighbourhood leaders who can organize harvests. A great way to put your fruit and talents to good use!

You can register your tree, sign up to be a volunteer, or donate at https://ottawa.hiddenharvest.ca/. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local neighbourhood leader Brian Innes at innes.bri@gmail.com.

[A couple of people proudly displaying several cardboard boxes of apples with an apple tree and ladder in the distant background and a Hidden Harvest logo plaque lying on the apples]

Star Gazing in the Park – August 13

FREE FAMILY STAR GAZING IN THE PARK

Saturday August 13
(Aug. 14 Rain Date)

Champlain Park
(140 Carleton Ave.)

Outdoor Lecture: Astronomy Basics

with Gary Boyle (near the Fieldhouse), 8:00 – 8:30 pm

Gary is an astronomer, educator and lecturer, dedicated to public outreach. He is also a national media contact on various astronomical events and a columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, The Backyard Astronomer. In 2017, Gary was recognized by the International Astronomical Union with the naming of asteroid 22406, “Garyboyle” in his honour.

Telescope Star Party in the Park

Aprox 8:30 – 11:30 pm

After the sun sets, a family-friendly star viewing in Champlain Park with telescopes and astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Ottawa Centre. Also bring your own telescope to add to the fun!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Physical distancing even at outdoor events is recommended by Ottawa Public Health and this will be encouraged at the event to keep everybody safe. If distancing is not possible, wearing a mask is recommended.

[Poster for Nocturne 2022 Star Gazing in the Park on August 13 2022]

Membership Drive 2022 – August 20 to September 30

We are returning to our annual Champlain Park door-to-door membership drive this year.

Cost: per household: $20 (Preferably cash or cheque – with an option for e-transfer)

This helps us support the various community events (sleigh rides, fun runs, Winter Carnival, bonfire and more), community projects (like gardens and forest work) and raise our voice in response to changes from the city and developers. Members also get a vote at the AGM.
[Audience in our park watching A Company of Fools put on The Tempest, summer 2022]

Urgently needed: Volunteers
We need an additional 6 – 8 new canvas volunteers to assist with the membership drive.

It’s a fun and easy way to meet more neighbours.

What’s involved: a few hours of your time (usually late afternoon or evening or on weekends)
Visit about 20 houses on a designated street in the neighbourhood to collect fees and provide neighbours with a one-page handout that highlights the various activities of the Association.

Our canvas volunteers are the core of our Champlain Park Community Association fundraising efforts. Revenues collected enable a variety of community association activities.

If you are able to help or want more information, please contact: Jennie Hornosty (membership coordinator) at email: champlainpark@gmail.com with the subject line: membership drive.

Kot Family Memorial Bench

Memorial Bench Installed on Pontiac Street to Remember Longtime Residents of Cowley Avenue, Steve and Kay Kot

[New Bench on Pontiac Street at Mini-Forest]

If you are walking or biking along the unpaved section of Pontiac Street between Cowley Ave. and Carleton Ave. you will see that the City has installed a new bench facing Champlain Park. The following reflection on the history of her parents and of growing up across the street from Champlain Park during the 1960’s and 1970’s was contributed by Mary Ellen Kot:

[Kot Mom and Dad]
Dad and Mom.

The Kot family, (Mary Ellen, Kathleen, Patricia, Theresa, James and Stephen) is happy to donate a bench to the Champlain Park Community, in memory of our parents, Kay and Steve Kot. Mom (Kathleen Bull) spent all her life (1927-2020) in the west end of Ottawa. She lived at 45 Barrington (later re-named 311 Spencer St.), with her mother and brothers. Dad was from a farming family in Saskatchewan. He came to Ottawa in 1948 to work for the Patent Office of the federal government. His first office was in the Langevin Building where he enjoyed a view of the Parliament buildings. After they married in 1952, Dad joined Mom’s family on Spencer St.
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