WESTBORO BEACH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday November 20, 2014 7:00 p.m. at the Churchill Seniors Centre
TOPIC: FutureDevelopment at 250 Lanark (former CBC property). What does the Community want to see on this five acre parcel in the heart of our community near Westboro Station?
Guest Speaker: Dana Collings, City of Ottawa planner will speak on how the community can best present their vision to the possible buyers Canada Lands .
PLEASE ATTEND and tell us your vision for this valuable piece of land!
SUCCESSFUL SUMMER AT WESTBORO BEACH
There were many successful events held over the summer months in our neighbourhood. Every Monday morning, many children and moms attended Monkey Rock Music at the Roy Duncan Park. The event was sponsored by Mothercraft Ottawa. Every Tuesday and Thursdayafternoon, theAfterthe Bell Program sponsored by the Carlington Community Health Centre and the Dovercourt Recreation Centre offered sports and activities in the park. The annual bonfire at Westboro Beach was a huge success with hundreds of people attending. Marshmallows were roasted and the kids participated in several Olympic challenges. Music was provided by Russell Levia.
WESTBORO BEACH ON THE MOVE / ON SE DÉPLACE
Westboro Beach residents are walking, biking and carpooling more often. These are the result of a travel survey of our neighbourhood carried out by the EnviroCentre that surveyed residents before and after a series of information sessions on transportation options in the past year. The sessions were called Seniors on the Move, On Your Bike and Step into Spring as well as customized information packages based on the initial survey delivered to 238 homes. Of the 1600 residents in the neighbourhood, 30% completed the before and after survey. The final results showed that there was a 9% decrease in SOV travel trips, a 13% increase in carpooling trips, and a 29% increase in bike trips. The number of people walking (17%) and taking the bus stayed constant (16%). Westboro Beach is very fortunate to have two transit stops and the bike path located in the neighbourhood.
Please refer to the Westboro Beach On the Move website to see information on the study coordinated by the Ottawa EnviroCentre.
Community Asks for Construction to Re-start on Van Lang Field House
The WBCA is urging the City of Ottawa’s Parks and Recreation Department and Ottawa Community Housing to get back to work on the construction of the new Van Lang field house and to work out the terms of the lease. The cement footings, electricity, plumbing and some of the steel structure were completed between May and the end of July. The contractors’ work station, wood and trusses are on the site. The building is being funded by the City of Ottawa’s cash-in-lieu of park land policy. The field house will be operated by the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. The Carlington Community Health Centre will offer programs such as After the Bell homework club. The building will be available for community meetings and rentals. When completed, Westboro Beach will join other westend communities such as Champlain Park and McKellar Park in having a neighbourhood Field House. The land is being leased from Ottawa Community Housing for 22 years as a city facility and will complement the Roy Duncan Park. The city needs to find money for hydro and electricity in the public works budget to operate the centre. The WBCA and the Van Lang tenants group have worked over four years on a proposal to improve the park for recreation and to build a field house. Phase one and two of improvements to the Roy Duncan Park were completed in 2009 and 2011.
WBCA Winter Carnival - Saturday January 24, 2015 - 12 noon until 4 pm (please note the date change)
We know it is fall but please keep the date January 24th open for the annual Westboro Beach Community Association winter carnival. The event will feature snow block colouring, snow fort building, a bonfire, and cookies, hot chocolate, tobogganing and winter Olympics. Please contact Peter Bruton (613-798-0880) to volunteer for this event.
2014 WBCA Bird Walk
Our 2014 bird walk in late May was a wonderful outing. It is amazing how much nature we can see in a short walk from our homes - especially when we have such excellent leaders in our own neighbourhood. But we have to take the time to look for it. WBCA's annual spring bird walk is an excellent and free opportunity to experience nature in our own neighbourhood. We hope that more people will participate next year.
Lac Deschenes Important Bird Area
WBCA is very pleased to report that the Ottawa River adjacent to our community has been incorporated into the globally significant Lac Deschenes Important Bird Area (IBA). The boundaries of this IBA were recently expanded and now extend from the local Chaudiere Dam to the Shaw Dam at Fitzroy Harbour. The new boundaries can be seen at http://naturecanada.ca/what-we-do/naturehood/lac-deschenes/. This IBA designation recognizes the significance of the area in particular for waterfowl but it places no restrictions on land and water use (other than what are already in place by the City of Ottawa and the NCC). Further information on IBAs can be found at http://naturecanada.ca/initiatives/international.
WBCA Needs Your Support – Volunteers and Money
WBCA is a kitchen-table based community association on a shoe string budget. Its funding comes from cookie jar donations at WBCA events as well as the Westfest bake sale. Unlike many other community associations in Ottawa it does not charge annual resident membership fees. Board members volunteer a great deal of time each year on behalf of all residents and often contribute financially and in kind. The Association is currently $4400 in debt due to expenses related to a recent successful OMB appeal regarding an unreasonable development proposal. Financial donations would help the Association continue to work for the betterment of our community and ease the burden on Board members. Donations may be made to our Treasurer Catherine Casserly who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help us keep this a livable community for all ages.