Originally posted April 29, 2008
The WBCA has pursued this issue with Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre and a meeting with the superintendent responsible for the Centre Jules Leger is anticipated in the near future. The Centre Jules Leger is a school for the deaf administered by the province and the fence enclosing the property is maintained for the safety of their students.
We are looking for a solution whereby the fence line would be moved to make the former pathway available for pedestrian access. This pathway would benefit not only the residents of Ferndale and Selby as a shortcut to the transitway, but also of Selby, Beechgrove and Lanark as a more pleasant walk to the NCC pathway by the River at the end of Ferndale.
Please encourage your neighbours to add their comments and we will forward all of them to our provincial representative Yasir Naqvi. There is strength in numbers and we hope to have this green pathway opened
Originally posted September 30, 2008
Over 20 individuals and families from the community volunteered to take responsibility for watering each tree every week until Thanksgiving. Although rainy days helped out this summer, in theory more than 40 000 litres of water were carried by pail from the river across the beach to the trees this season. Thanks to all those volunteers for their commitment and for the resulting healthy trees.
The placement of a couple of the new trees could interfere with winter tobogganing runs on each side of the slope towards the beach. Later this fall, when it is appropriate to transplant these trees, volunteer labour will be organized to relocate them under the supervision of a tree expert.
Originally posted June 23, 2008
The tree watering method is pretty straightforward:
It is recommended that you pick one day each week to do your watering so that the water soaks down to the deepest roots. Early in the morning or in the evening would be best. If there are two days with substantial rainfall you won’t need to water that week. (The Environment Canada website provides the daily precipitation history for Ottawa.)
Originally posted June 16, 2008
The Westboro Beach Community Association was successful in obtaining $8500 from the Community Tree Planting Program to plant 17 new trees at Westboro Beach. The trees were planted on June 16th.
The choice of trees was made by the WBCA; the National Capital Commission, the City of Ottawa tree forester and Jeff Kaster, a Westboro resident who volunteered to design the project and help with the tendering. The trees are three Eastern Poplar, five Bigtooth Aspen, three Autumn Blaze Maple, three Silver Maple, two Red Maple and one Black Willow.
We have several enthusiastic volunteers watering the trees each week; if you want to be involved please contact us.
Information for Volunteers
Originally posted October 20, 2008
The project is a joint effort of the City of Ottawa, the Westboro Beach Community Association, the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, the Carlington Community Health Centre and a number of representatives from residents groups in the community . The changes to the park will mean more greenspace that can be enjoyed by everyone in Westboro Beach.
This fall, the city has engaged the contractor Exel Corporation to replace the existing play structures, seats around the gazebo, benches as well as a water supply for a community garden. The greenspace area will be levelled to improve the play area for neighbourhood children. It will be a much play area for soccer. There will also be a new low fence placed in the north end of field. Other changes in phase two and three of the project is improvements to the green area such as pathways, new trees and benches in the section in the north east corner. The third phase will be a more tasteful fence around the park with an entrance at a corner making it more open and accessible to everyone in the community. It is hoped the city will put a new sign at the entrance indicating the name of the park. The WBCA would like to hold a competition to have art at the new gateway to the park as well as the construction of a community bulletin board.
The Westboro Beach Community has undertaken a fundraising campaign to raise money for phases two and three of the project. These are the extras not covered by the City of Ottawa. To date, the community has received financial support from the Westboro Kiwanis and the Westboro Business Improvement Area (BIA).
The plan for a small ice surface around the gazebo has been dropped from the plans as city engineers could not accommodate the change around the gazebo structure.
It is hoped that all worked that includes digging, asphalt and concrete can be done this fall before the arrival of the snow. The seeding of the field will wait until the spring.
Please look forward to a grand opening of phase one of the park in the spring or summer of 2009.
Originally posted January 22, 2008
A community consultation will be held on Tuesday, February 5 on the re-design of the Roy Duncan Park.
The consultation begins with an Open House at 6:30 followed by a presentation and discussion which starts at 7:30. The presenter is Jeff Kaster, the landscape designer responsible for preparing the working plans for design and construction of the Park.
The location is the Taiga Non Profit Housing Boardroom at 2001 Scott St, (the large apartment building beside Donna’s Express).
You can assist the design phase of the project by filling out the questionnaires posted in the Roy Duncan Park section of our website. They can be delivered to Donna’s Express up until February 4th or you can bring the completed forms with you to the meeting. Copies will also be available at the meeting for you to fill out.
This will be a very child friendly meeting and we look forward to input from those of all ages.
Originally posted January 15, 2008
The City of Ottawa is planning a re-vitalization of the Roy Duncan Park which is located adjacent to the Van Lang Private housing complex at the corner of Scott and Churchill.
The Van Lang Private Housing Association, the Westboro Beach Community Association, Carlington Community and Health Services and the Dovercourt Recreation Association are working with the City and other organizations on this initiative.
Originally posted September 30, 2008
Westboro Beach received a lot of attention this summer because of the number of days that the beach was closed for swimming. Out of a season of 65 days, the beach was posted with a no-swimming advisory for 23 days. 14 of these postings were the result of elevated E. coli levels and 9 of the postings were caused by the ‘rain rule’…in other words, after heavy rains it is assumed that storm water runoff will cause pollution at the beach.
A report prepared by Baird Associates on the Bacterial Assessment at Westboro Beach was made available this past Spring (and can be viewed on our website). The findings of the report are somewhat inconclusive, but they do confirm that storm sewer discharges from outfalls upstream of Westboro Beach are key contributors to the bacterial contamination at the beach during wet weather.
Alternatives to mitigate the issues at Westboro Beach are presented in the report and fundamentally the WBCA supports a stormwater detention alternative. I’ve been involved with Don Paskovich and John Almstedt in reviewing the report findings with Baird Associates and city representatives. An objective of our community association is to make sure that Westboro Beach continues to receive attention when it comes to funding for storm water infrastructure improvements
Originally posted July 24, 2008
Westboro Outfall Drainage Area (attached) provided by the City of Ottawa Water Environment Protection Program.
Google Map overlay of Westboro Outfalls Drainage Area.
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