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Keeping Westboro Green

posted Dec 3, 2010, 10:16 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Nov 19, 2014, 4:28 PM by Westboro Beach Community Association ]

Originally posted February 14, 2010

The National Capital Commission is currently in the process of reviewing its Greenbelt Master Plan and Urban Lands Master Plan, which guides the way the Greenbelt and the Greenspace in the region is used, managed and protected.

With the Selby plains, Westboro beach, bike paths and greenspace along the Ottawa river and various parks and pathways, the Westboro beach community offers our residents, the city and visitors to the National Capital region a unique experience.

The WBCA is reinvigorating its Greenspace Working Committee to work with the NCC and the city of Ottawa in maintaining and preserving our local greenspace and in setting a clear vision for its use, now and in the future.

We are looking for new members to join our group. We will have a short presentation at the upcoming general meeting this April and welcome all those interested to come out. If interested please send an email on our website. More info on the general meeting will be coming soon.

New Stop signs on Churchill at Selby – Update!

posted Dec 3, 2010, 9:19 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Nov 19, 2014, 4:34 PM by Westboro Beach Community Association ]

Originally posted May 3, 2010

The residents of the area have raised concerns about the safety of the Churchill and Selby intersection which is the location for 3 different school buses to pick up and drop off children every school day. In addition, residents living in the area with small children and people crossing the street to access the greenspace of Selby plains have complained about the speed of the cars along Churchill avenue. Many vehicles seem to be non-residents who are lost and driving around at higher speeds.

To address the concerns from the residents about the safety of the intersection, the WBCA requested assistance from the Councillor and the City. The Councillor’s office and WBCA suggested a 4-way stop at this intersection.

Originally the city proposed adding stop signs on Churchill Avenue, but removing them from Selby Avenue. Many residents voiced their desire to keep the intersection now as a 4-way stop.

Many thanks to Councillor Christine Leadman and her great team, particularly Fabrice, for working quickly with the city to keep the intersection as a 4-way stop and ensuring safer access for pedestrians from all directions. Councillor Leadman has once again demonstrated her outstanding support for our community.

The WBCA appreciates the support and understanding of all residents of the area in helping to keep our neighbourhood safe and a great place for everyone to enjoy. By ensuring a safer access to our greenspace, we aim to encourage the residents and visitors to enjoy these areas. Lastly, we want to show the NCC, during their period of renewal of their Urban Lands Master Plan, that these areas are used and valuable as greenspace.

Roy Duncan Park Phase Two

posted Dec 3, 2010, 8:02 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Nov 18, 2014, 8:02 PM by Westboro Beach Community Association ]

Originally posted October 28, 2010

Phase Two of the Roy Duncan Park (Van Lang) was installed last week as part of a three phase improvement to the park that began with a community consultation in early 2008.

The new additions to the park in Phase II includes three new benches, one trash receptacle, a flag pole and a new fence. A new gate will be located in the north- west corner of the playground gives easy access to the park from the entire neighbourhood . A community bulletin board will be installed in the next couple of weeks. New play structures, a gazebo and water pad were built as part of phase one of the revitalization of the park that was officially opened June 2009.

The project is being funded through the City of Ottawa’s Cash-in Lieu of Parkland funding. Large developments must set aside land for recreation or pay the equivalent value in cash to the city. Sixty per cent of this fund is turned back to the ward where the development occurs.

The Westboro Beach Community Association worked with the Parks and Recreation Department and Councillor Christine Leadman to apply for the changes to the park. Plans are underway to secure funding for six trees at the northern end of the soccer field as well as a replacement to an ash tree near the walkway.

Peter Keilland and his amazing invention

posted Dec 3, 2010, 7:45 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Oct 2, 2016, 5:58 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association ]

Originally posted May 3, 2010

In March 2010, the Ottawa Citizen featured our local resident Peter Keilland and his amazing invention, the Scruzol. As described in the article, Peter improved on the basic screwdriver and developed a unique tool that incorporates many screwdrivers into one easy to use tool. Canadian Tire validated the success of his design and product by selling the innovative product in its stores. Peter is truly an inventor and is currently work on several other projects.

Winter Carnival

posted Nov 8, 2010, 9:05 AM by Admin WBCA   [ updated Nov 18, 2014, 5:42 PM by Westboro Beach Community Association ]

Date – January 30th (Sunday)
Time – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (FYI last year: 3:00 – 5:30 pm)
Location – Westboro Beach

In the winter of 2010, the WBCA held its first winter event in several years.  On that cold and windy day in February between 75 and 100 people braved the wind for an afternoon of tobogganing and hot chocolate. The bonfire helped keep everyone warm.

The event will be held again this year and we would like to expand the scope of the activities.  There will be the usual tobogganing and bonfire, and we are exploring several other options.  One of the ideas is snowman building/colouring.  Another idea is snow sculpture/colouring.  While snowman building is dependent upon the temperature, snow sculpture/colouring is not.  In order to colour the snowmen and sculptures we need to gather as many empty spray bottles as possible.  If you have any old spray bottles, drop them off on the front porch of 272 Atlantis Avenue.  On the day of the event, they will be filled with coloured water and brought to the beach for the kids to use.

If you are interested in volunteering to help organize this event, contact the WBCA through the website and someone will get back to you.  Furthermore, if you have any ideas for activities and would be willing to help implement those ideas, contact the WBCA through the website and someone will get back to you. Keep your eyes on the WBCA website for additional information on this event.

Best Wishes
WBCA Executive

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