Category Archives: Community News

A collection of all the news items about the people and happenings in Champlain Park.

Wading Pool Opening Soon – July 3

It’s Getting Close to Pool Time!

Wading pools will open for the season starting on July 3, 2018 (weather dependent) and run until August 28. 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. 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.

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On Street Parking now 6 Hours on Weekends

There is a CBC news story about the change at and the city has a press release at

The more complete list of parking rules (and fines) is at Lots of special cases like “Park within 9 m of intersection” in that list.

[Equivalent parking signs for unsigned streets]

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2018-06-18

This week’s topics:

  • Thefts from vehicles – Including our neighbourhood recently.
  • Share the road – Cyclists can take the whole lane.
  • New OPS South Campus – Planning feedback event June 26.

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Mapping Ottawa’s Lost Trees

Subject: FW: Mapping Ottawa’s lost trees
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 08:26:10 -0400

Residents of Ottawa have witnessed and lamented the loss of 50,000 ash trees on city property alone destroyed due to an impact of climate change: the steady northern advance of the Emerald Ash Borer. Untempered intensification in the urban core is destroying front and back yard trees and dramatically reducing space for new trees. Wind and ice storms have also taken their toll.

Now you can record the lost trees and your memories on our interactive map. It allows you to:

  • plot lost trees due to human or natural causes.
  • record details such as tree type (species), approximate date of loss and size.
  • add a photograph and comments.
  • view the cumulative count of loss, by cause and by City ward.

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Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2018-06-11

This week’s topics:

  • Looking for Mary-Ann Eaton.
  • Public consultation for OPS Strategic Plan – Future of policing.
  • Results of community safety initiative June 1 – 2 – The usual Byward Market troubles and open drinks.
  • STEP in June – Cycling and construction zones.

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Water a Pontiac Planter!

Date: Sat, 09 Jun 2018 08:32:38 -0400

Dog Walkers and River Riders

The community now has 7 planters to beautify the extension of Champlain Park at Pontiac Avenue, cared for by volunteer gardeners. To help them along, we invite dog walkers and any others that enjoy going down to the river at Carleton Avenue to take some water with them for the plants. Soak a plant in a planter, rather than sprinkling water around, so that roots go deeper. This will help ease the worry of the volunteer gardeners throughout the season.

[Planter filled with freshly planted plants]

We would like to also give a big shout out to Councillor Jeff Leiper, and assistant Fiona Mitchell, for their dedication and hard work to get the planters in place and set for planting this season. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

NeighbourWoods Tree Mapping Workshop – June 9, 10

Daniel Buckles points out that there’s another tree mapping workship this weekend, has the details of the two day workshop.

NeighbourWoods in Beaverbrook (Kanata) is running a tree mapping workshop with Dr. Andy Kenny Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10. They have kindly offered a few spots to our neighbourhood, for those that would like to refresh or learn to use this protocol for tree mapping (tree identification and tree health assessment). Tree mapping in Champlain Park has raised awareness about the health of our urban forest and measured the many benefits in ways relevant to City policy. Its fun too!

If interested in attending, contact the organizer, Rob Mcaulay directly to register: