As you are well aware closing down a road, taking down part of an NCC fence to make for more park land is not a trivial matter but this has been accomplished with the efforts of many folks.
The Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail in Champlain Park has just opened unofficially, the initial grooming was done last Thursday afternoon to pack down the snow. Once we have more snow the classic X-ski tracks will be laid.
The SJAM – Champlain Park trail portion is a reality; it now crosses Pontiac Street (closed portion of Pontiac) into our park leading up to the Champlain Park Fieldhouse from Champlain Woods.
Three residents enjoying x-skiing into Champlain Park on the newly added trail across Pontiac Street from the SJAM Champlain Woods trail.
When you walk in the woods, you may encounter a few house foundations and manholes. They are hints of past development and ancient plans. I recently came across an old map that explains them.
There’s a 1930s manhole on Pontiac, west of Patricia, obviously part of Pontiac when it existed there. You can easily walk over it since the forest path goes over the old road. I should really get a photo of it, but it’s currently too cold and snowy outside to do that.
Relative Location of the Secret 1960s Manhole
Here are the draft (not final until next year’s AGM approves it) minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Champlain Park Community Association. Please contact the secretary if you need a copy of the referenced documents.
CPCA AGM 2017.10.24 Minutes Draft.pdf
Seven planters have been installed by the City at the Park on Pontiac, to create and beautify a new greenspace (pending removal of the NCC fence and some pavement). The Community is responsible for planting and caring for the Planters. Two have been adopted already by a generous neighbour (marked with a stake). Five more are available for adoption. Let the Environment Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you are willing to get some perennials started this fall, and care for further planting and watering of a planter in the Spring. The City rules require that no food plants be included in a City planter, for food safety and liability reasons.
Daniel Buckles writes:
Hours after planters were installed on Pontiac as part of the Park extension/depaving project, a new temporary public use has taken shape. It inspires me to dream about a time when cars as we know them will no longer rule (and pollute) the land.
Seen in councillor Jeff Leiper’s Kitchissippi Ward Newsletter #100:
We are finally in a position to begin closing off the portion of Pontiac between Cowley and Carleton to car traffic after months of discussions with the City. Sometime in early July, planters will go in to block off the road and we’ll work with the NCC to bring down their fence quickly after to join the NCC and City parks. It’s still uncertain when we can de-pave the stretch, and we’re working with the community association on that, as well as some parking restrictions in the area to deal with Tunney’s Pasture parkers.
Seen in councillor Jeff Leiper’s Kitchissippi Ward Newsletter #88:
Pontiac Street partial closure update
It has been a bit of a slog to accomplish the street closure for a portion of Pontiac that we’ve been seeking since last fall. There were some outstanding questions about drainage from staff that we believe we’ve now worked through, and we expect to put jersey barriers in place as a first phase of closure relatively soon. In response to a community request, we’re delaying that until the end of the school year in order to minimize disruption to school buses and drop-off. The background to the closure is here. We’ve yet to figure out a timetable for de-paving, but are working on it!