Welcome to the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association
On this page you will find a listing of recent posts and upcoming activities.
The purpose of this website (www.riversidepark.ca) is changing. We now tend to use Facebook and Twitter for daily information flows and this website is used for storing documents that may be referenced over a longer period of time. You can also renew your membership here.
Because of the volume of daily information, you may find it difficult to find older documents on Facebook and Twitter. We tend to post links on Facebook and Twitter to documents here or elsewhere on the Internet.
Please consider getting a Facebook account (and possibly a Twitter account) if you wish to see the daily flow of information in our neighbourhoods and the City of Ottawa.
This site www.riversidepark.ca is still an important part of our mission to provide information to our neighbourhoods but the information tends to be more static.
Your Neighbours in the RPCRA
2017-03-28 Analysis of the Bayview RFO issued by OCLDC
2017-03-13, 2017-03-10, 2017-02-16 News media articles.
Click link above to see article by Erin McCracken
(The RPCRA is lobbying to call it “Riverside Park Station”)
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, 7:00 pm
Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive
Summary: According to our head count, 90 people attended including Councillor Riley Brockington. The meeting was quite productive and numerous comments and questions were discussed.
Dear Residents of Riverside Park North,
This email is intended to provide you with an update on the property located at 3071 Riverside Drive, commonly referred to as the former location of Bayview PS. My last communiqué to the community on this matter was September 16, 2016 and prior to that, April 21, 2016.
You are invited to attend our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM).
When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Doors open, meet & greet at 6:30pm, meeting begins 7pm.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Dr.
September 21, 2016
Power to O-Train Confederation Line overhead system, testing to commence
Ottawa – The O-Train Confederation Line’s Overhead Catenary System (OCS) – the wires that supply power to the Light Rail Transit (LRT) electric vehicles – will be energized at the Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) starting Thursday, September 22.
Dear Residents of Riverside Park North,
This email is intended to provide you with an update on the property located at 3071 Riverside Drive, commonly referred to as the former location of Bayview PS. My last communiqué to the community on this matter was April 21, 2016. A brief update was recently provided at the September 7 meeting of the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association that I attended.
Brockington, Riley wrote on 23/08/2016 1:40 PM:
Brief Summary of Meeting with the Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation on August 22, 2016 regarding the results of the Request for Offers on the former Bayview School site (3071 Riverside Drive).
City of Ottawa documents show that prior to construction of the Canada 150 playground, experts were consulted about wildlife species that may be present. Blanding’s Turtle was identified as one vulnerable species that might find the playground site attractive for nesting. See this link for more information about Blanding’s Turtle.
However, no evidence of the turtle was found on the site and it was acknowledged that the beach might be a more attractive option for the turtle, except that the beach was outside the study area.
Nonetheless, during the site preparation phase this “turtle barrier” was installed, just in case.
These construction updates are provided by the City of Ottawa, Parks and Rec. and posted here for the information of our residents.
The following construction updates are for the week of June 20, 2016:
- A layer of wood fibre has been placed over the area, completing site preparation for the Giver 150 playground project.
- Playground construction will commence after the Dragon Boat Festival.
The following construction updates are for the week of June 6, 2016:
- The excavation for the playground area is complete.
- Based on soil conditions, a layer of gravel has been added – 75% of the area is compacted. The gravel used in this exercise is needed to provide structural support to the drainage layer and playground above.
- Trenching for drain tile pipes is the next step and is about to start.
- The contractor is likely working this Saturday to complete the installation of tile drain pipes and the installation of the clear stone gravel drainage area. Clear stone gravel is similar to marbles with stone pieces being all the same size. When a thick layer of this product is installed, water can pass through it – much like a vase full of marbles can also hold a fair amount of water.
- Installation of the filter cloth around the clear stone gravel bed (used to ensure the drainage layer does not fill up with anything that can clog it) and 3 inches of wood fiber will commence next week and will be completed by June 16th .
- The perimeter construction fence to be removed by June 16th .
These documents were provided by the City of Ottawa, Parks and Rec. at the request of the RPCRA. They are posted here as an information service to our residents. These documents are also available in hard copy at the Centrepointe Library (at the service hub on the second floor).
CM-13-0309-04_SAR_Screening Memo_Mooney’s_Bay_Apr_20_2016.pdf (Species at Risk)
15-200-6_Preliminary HHERA_Mooney’s Bay_R0.pdf (Human Health and
Ecological Risk Assessment)
(The Boards of Directors of the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association (RPCRA) and the Hunt Club Community Organization (HCCO) have approved this open letter for distribution to the members of Ottawa City Council.)
An Open Letter to Ottawa City Council regarding the Canada 150 Playground Project in Mooney’s Bay Park
June 6, 2016
There has been a significant amount of controversy over the Canada 150 Playground Project in Mooney’s Bay Park. Lack of prior public consultation is a concern common to both the opponents of the project as well as to many of its supporters. We believe that a proposal of this magnitude where publicly held funds or significant public space are being committed should be informed by a prior, City-led consultation process. We support the sentiments expressed in Councillor Brockington’s email of May 20, 2016 on this subject:
“…The glaring omission in this initiative has been a public information/consultation component. The matters being negotiated between the City and proponent were embargoed; limiting the specific details the Parks and Rec Dept (or any other member of Council) could release. I met with the City Solicitor and City Clerk as recently as this past Monday and stressed, again, that a concurrent public information/consultation process must be embedded for these types of projects and while I respect that confidential matters remain as such, the intent of the City needed to be publicly communicated. The criticism of the process is warranted. As part of the mid-term governance review that is expected to start in 2016 for City Council, I will insist that future initiatives similar to this one, have compulsory, City-led consultation.”
As registered community associations, we rely heavily on timely information from the City of Ottawa and our Ward Councillor in order to inform our members and to enable them to make their views known. As Mayor Watson was once quoted as saying: “…community associations are an early warning system for municipal politicians…”.
The Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association
The Hunt Club Community Organization
The Hunt Club Community Organization ( HCCO ) and the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association ( RPCRA ) are registered community associations in River Ward.
City of Ottawa Canada 150 Website – includes map, FAQs
Dear Residents of Riverside Park North,
An early Happy Earth Day to you (April 22).
This email is intended to provide you with an update on the property located at 3071 Riverside Drive, commonly referred to as the former location of Bayview PS. My last communiqué to the community on this matter was January 8, 2016.
Dear Residents and Neighbours of Riverside Park (North),
May I take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year.
This email is intended to provide you with an update on the property located at 3071 Riverside Drive, commonly referred to as the former location of Bayview PS. My last communiqué in September 2015 was circulated to 3,000 homes in Riverside Park North, to those north of Walkley Road and south of Brookfield Road.
Councillor Brockington recently distributed a flyer to residents in the vicinity, requesting feedback. The bulletin was sent to 3,000 homes in Riverside Park, who live between Walkley Road and Brookfield, all houses, apartments and condos. Due to the postal walk, houses on Otterson and Blanchard were also included (Just south of Walkley). It was also sent to local churches, schools and some businesses.
Please note that the requested feedback period is ending this week (October 15). If you have comments, please contact:
City Councillor – River Ward
When: Wednesday, October 7, 2015. (RPCRA AGM)
Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting starts 7pm
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive
At the request of Councillor Brockington, the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association is pleased to provide a forum at our 2015 Annual General Meeting on Oct. 7 for a discussion of a proposal to create an off ramp at Walkley Road from the southbound Airport Parkway.
The Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association (RPCRA) will host its annual May long weekend fireworks in Mooney’s Bay Park on Sunday, May 17, 2015. The fireworks are a decades-old neighbourhood tradition, meant for the whole family to enjoy.
Fireworks start at approximately 9:30 pm on Sunday
Family activities start at 5pm. Last year, this event attracted more than 2,000 people, so you are encouraged to arrive early, bring a blanket and enjoy the whole evening at Mooney’s Bay Park. Parking is available on-site and in the Parks Canada parking lot at Hog’s Back for a $10 fee. Proceeds go to support the fireworks and other RPCRA community activities. If you are planning to take public transit, OCTranspo route 87 stops at the park and runs until after 11 pm.
Refreshments will be available for purchase from The Beach House Bistro, and washrooms will be available onsite. Boom 99.7 will be providing music for the event, which will be hosted by Dylan Black. Glow bracelets will be for sale for you to enjoy during the fireworks.
In the event of rain, the fireworks will still go ahead, however if there is lightning or high wind the event will take place on Monday, May 18th at 9:30pm.
There will be a ceremony to honour LCOL John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields
The famous poem, In Flanders Fields, was written 100 years ago, in May 1915, by LCOL John McCrae while he was on a European battlefield in the midst of World War I. Since then, the poem has become a national symbol of remembrance for Canada’s fallen and wounded soldiers, and the cost of peace. Just prior to the fireworks, there will be a performance by a bag piper, and a recitation of the poem.
Family activities will start in the park at 5:00 pm
The site will open at 5:00 pm, with a variety of family-friendly activities and information booths, including:
• Face painting by Riverside Park Nursery School
• A fire truck from City of Ottawa Fire Services
• Army and Navy displays
• City of Ottawa Community Police Officers
• Royal LePage Dodge Prowler and silent auction
• Rideau Canoe Club
• City of Ottawa Public Health
• Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile
• Canadian Heroes
The RPCRA wishes to thank our generous sponsors and partners, who have made this event possible
The May long weekend fireworks are a community-driven, grassroots event, and wouldn’t be possible without the help of our sponsors, partners and volunteers.
A HUGE thank you goes out to:
Our major sponsors
City of Ottawa, Kodiak Security, WR Davey Insurance, Shanalex Alarms, HANDS fireworks, and the Beach House Bistro.
Otto’s BMW and Subaru, Therese Catana Royal LePage, Debbie Belair Dominion Lending, David McGuinty MP, John Fraser MPP, AMS Motors, John Singlehurst, Elaine Rainboth, D & G Hutchinson, Alta Vista Chiropractic clinic, TNT Restaurant, Danielle Nadon and Heinz Keller.
BOOM 99.7, Dylan Black , City of Ottawa Police, Fire Services, Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile, Ottawa Public Health, Royal Lepage, Riverside Park Nursery school, Canadian Army – 30th Field Regiment, Canadian Navy – HMCS Carleton – both reserve units at Dow’s Lake, Crime stoppers, and the Rideau Canoe Club.
Our volunteers and fundraisers
A special thank you to the Brookfield Confectionary and to Johnny Vegas for hosting a fundraising music night, as well as to those who attended and donated anonymously. Additional thanks to Johnny Vegas, Joyce Aboud, and George Brown for organizing such an outstanding evening, which was a great success and lots of fun!
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to all of our community volunteers who have donated their time and energy to make this a great event!
|The Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association presents a Fireworks Fundraiser raising funds for the Victoria Day Fireworks display at Mooney’s Bay. Hosted by Johnny Vegas. Featuring Dave & Cathy Brown Jimmie & Johnnie and Special Guests. Saturday April 25th Brookfield Restaurant 704 Brookfield Road Doors at 7pm – entertainment 8pm -11pm – cash bar. Suggested donation $10. For more info or if you’d like to perform call Johnny at 613-237-1319. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the fireworks email Craig at: email@example.com|
This City of Ottawa page provides links to the Riverside Park Secondary Plan, which provides “area-based policy direction for a number of land use areas within Riverside Park”.
More details can be found on Councillor Brockington’s web site (click here).
|We are working hard towards our Victoria Day Weekend fireworks event.
An article recently appeared in the Ottawa Community News – see http://www.ottawacommunitynews.com//news-story/5239753-volunteers-needed-for-victoria-day-fireworks/#.VKbWh2vh6vo
Happy New Year! We wish you the best in 2015!
“I’ve always loved fireworks. No matter what, there should be celebration together as a neighbourhood. It inspires us to carry on and reminds us that we are a community, striving together.” –ES
Here are a couple of pictures from opposite ends of the Bay!
If you have not yet received a flyer you can pick one up at our AGM on Wednesday, October 1 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Click on the images for a better look)
The RPCRA Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks returned today after a five year absence. Superlatives everywhere! The new venue of Mooney’s Bay Park is awesome. The view from the Mooney’s Bay hill especially was spectacular. The turnout was great – one estimate was that we had more than 2000 spectators, not bad for the first year back. (read more…)
The old building at the St. Patrick’s Home is being demolished now that the new building has been built. Pictures taken April 1, 2014. All pictures copyright © 2014 by RPCRA.