Once Christmas is done, you can bring your natural Christmas tree to the baseball diamond backstop fence for the winter carnival (wind break – stop that north wind, so prop them up against the north side fence) and February’s community bonfire (combustion!). But please make sure all decorations have been removed.
Of course, there’s also the usual City of Ottawa green bin / yard waste recycling program that takes them too (again, no decorations or plastic tree wrappers).
We had our second and well attended Community Bonfire this past Sunday. The weather was cold (not as much as last year) and sunny, with a slight breeze blowing clouds of smoke along whenever a Christmas tree was added to the fire.
Video URL: https://champlainpark.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/20190210_153610_as_8470-making-smoke.mp4
First, thanks go to community event organizers Jim Cocks, Bill Baggs and Patrick Quinlan. They set it up and did most of the work.
Thanks to Bushtukah for their generous financial contribution, Bridgehead on McRae who provided coffee and supplies once again, and Councilor Jeff Leiper & Fiona for the smores, hot chocolate, permits and active participation!
Champlain Park Community Bonfire 2019
When: Sunday, February 10th, 3-5pm
Where: North End of Champlain Park
Last year, our first Community Bonfire in Champlain Park was a roaring success. Once again, community event organizers Jim Cocks and Bill Baggs, who initiated this hot idea, invite neighbours out of hibernation on Sunday afternoon (3-5 p.m.) February 10, to meet around a burning fire, skate on the outdoor rink, or ski on the SJAM groomed trail.
The bonfire is located at the north end of our park near the link to NCC woods and the baseball diamond.
Our enthusiastic Councillor, Jeff Leiper, his assistant, Fiona Mitchell, and city workers sponsor the event by securing the open-air fire permit and the fire pit, contributing marshmallows, s’mores materials, hot chocolate and cups. Bushtukah and Bridgehead also lend support. It is a great opportunity to warm up with friends in the community after some winter outdoor fun!
We had our first and very successful Community Bonfire this past Sunday. Many neighbours, their families and friends and people passing-by enjoyed meeting around a burning fire, skating on the rink or skiing on the SJAM trail with its new path through the woods and over Pontiac to Champlain Park. They braved extreme cold temperatures while enjoying warmth from the fire, hot drinks, the roasting of marshmallows and s’mores.
First, thanks go to community event organizers Jim Cocks, Bill Baggs. They set it up and did most of the work.
Many thanks to Jeff Leiper and his staff (Emma Kenny and Fiona Mitchell-Gougeon) and city workers for supplying the fire kit and cleaning it up later. Thanks to Bushtukah, and Bridgehead for their support in helping make this happen.
Thanks to Dave Adams for getting the SJAM trail in such good shape (even flattening the area around the fire and tent) and Jim Kot for the Outdoor Rink (ODR) being in such good condition after the recent thaw.
The volunteer event organizers Jim and Bill would also like to thank Adrian Bradley for being the link between the community association and his assistance in advertising and promoting the event.
Here’s the story of the event in photos (click for high-res versions, if available)…
Champlain Park Community Bonfire
When: Sunday, January 14th, 3:30-5:30pm
Where: North End of Champlain Park
Come warm up around the First Annual Champlain Park Community Bonfire. This Sunday looks like it will be a perfect day for your favourite winter activity.