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On June 26, the City of Ottawa will consider a motion to hang decorative street-sign blades along Ridgewood Avenue to honour the famous Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran. The motion comes at the request of St. Elias Cathedral in advance of the Ottawa Lebanese Festival, which will run from July 17 to 21, 2019. The street name will remain unchanged and all costs would be borne by St. Elias.

Click here to read Councillor Brockington’s Notice of Motion.

Starting July 2, 2019, plastic bags can be used as a bagging option for household organics in the green bin. Pet waste will also be accepted – including dog waste and kitty litter. These changes are meant to attract users to the program and divert organics from landfill, but paper liners are still better than plastic.

Click here to read all about Ottawa’s Green Bin Program.

On June 27, the City’s Planning Committee will consider a development application for 716-770 Brookfield Road. The proposal is to develop the site in two phases with ground floor commercial along the Brookfield Road frontage and residential buildings marketed to post-secondary student housing proposing approximately 830 units at complete build out.

Click here to read Councillor Brockington’s notice to residents and reach out to the Councillor with questions or to deliver comments to the Planning Committee.

Here is your guide to Riverside Park, Ottawa Festivals that kick off today and run through to the end of July:

June 20-23 – Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, Mooneys Bay Beach

June 20-23 – Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, Vincent Massey Park

June 29 – ACB Multicultural Day, Mooney’s Bay Park

July 13 – HOPE Volleyball Ottawa Summerfest, Mooneys Bay Beach

July 17-21 – Ottawa Lebanese Festival, St Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church, 700 Ridgewood Avenue

July 27 – National Capital Triathlon/Duathlon, Mooney’s Bay Park & Roadways

Please Note: Parking restrictions that will be implemented from June 20 to July 27, 2019 during scheduled festival dates. Please be mindful of the restrictions when considering where to park during this time.

City of Ottawa splash pads opened up on May 17 but the city’s many wading pools will be opening soon. There are two staggered starting dates, with the Group A pools opening from June 27 to August 22 and Group B pools opening from July 2 to August 27.

Here in Riverside Park, Pauline Vanier Pool is a Group B pool and will be open every Tuesday to Saturday starting July 2nd.

Click here for details and hours of operation.

The RPCRA has partnered with the Hunt Club Community Association, South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre, Councillor Brockington and the City of Ottawa to host a Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Festival on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 11 am to 3 pm. It will feature live music, free food, a bouncy castle, face painting, and much more.

Click here to download the event poster and sponsorship package.

Stay safe this summer by watching out for wild parsnip (otherwise known as hogweed). Keep away and report sightings to, so we can inform residents and the city.

Clear here for what you need to know.

Buy Nothing. Give Freely. Share creatively.

That’s the mantra of a new Facebook group dedicated to building community by sharing with your neighbours.

The “Buy Nothing Uplands/Mooney’s Bay” group is for residents living South and East of the Rideau River/Limebank Road and West of the Airport Parkway and North of the Ottawa International Airport. Residents can give and receive, share and lend items that are no longer getting any love. It is part of a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies … which is a fancy way of saying it is a nice way of regifting unwanted items and, well, being “neighbourly.”

Visit the page here and submit a request to join.

Bring the family to enjoy our glorious Mooney’s Bay Beach!

Lifeguards are on duty from June 15 to August 25, 2019, every day from noon to 7 pm and every weekend right through to Thanksgiving. Washroom facilities are open from Monday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Friday to Sunday 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.

This Friday, join Fielding Public School staff, students and alumni in celebrating 50 years of putting students first. Come enjoy food trucks, entertainment, time-capsule opening and more. Please bring food donations for the Ottawa Food Bank.

When: Friday, June 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fielding Public School, 777 Fielding Drive

Discover your treasure at the 5th Annual General Vanier Neighbourhood Garage Sale this Saturday, June 22 between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The General Vanier community is just north of Walkley Rd, accessed from Wexford Way and Avoncourt Way.

The Riverside Park Early Learning Centre will be coming to our neighbhourhood in December 2020. Take a sneak peek of the architect site plans.

A handsome two story facility at 2826 Springland Drive will be nestled between the Holy Cross Church and the Holy Cross Elementary School.

This project is the initiative of the Riverside Park Nursery School, in partnership with the Andrew Fleck Children’s Services, and with public funding to create 88 child care spaces for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers (ages 0-5 years).

Download the full presentation of the site plan:…/05/Fotenn-Presentation-RPNS-1.pdf

The RPCRA Board of Directors will be taking a much-earned hiatus during the summer, so we are inviting community members to join us for our final meeting and social. We have changed our meeting time and location to be accessible to those who can’t attend our monthly evening meetings.

Join us at the Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre on Saturday, June 1:

What: RPCRA Summer Board Meeting & Social
When: 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019
Where: 3320 Paul Anka Dr, Ottawa – Seniors’ Multipurpose Room

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided and there will be activities for kids. Councillor Riley Brockington will attend to give a community report.

Download the Consent Agenda for the Meeting:

  1. Agenda
  2. Minutes of May 1, 2019 Board Meeting
  3. June Reports Package (Submitted in advance of the meeting)

Please note that our next meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the Riverside Churches.

Residents who missed the May 13 community open house on the upcoming construction on the Hog’s Back bridges can download the presentation decks here:

Construction will impact through traffic on Hog’s Back Road in several phases:
  • Swing Bridge: August 2019 to May 2020 (affecting East-bound traffic from Prince of Wales to Colonel By)
  • Fixed BridgeMay 2020 to December 2020 (affecting West-bound traffic from Riverside Drive to Colonel By)
Please note that there will be no motor vehicle through-traffic from Riverside Drive to Prince of Wales during the entire construction period, but detours will allow pedestrian and cycle traffic to cross over the dam throughout.

If you have questions or would like to receive e-updates on this construction project, contact Councillor

Join Councillor Riley Brockington for his annual Strawberry Social event on Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre

To reserve your seat, call 613-580-2486 or email

For more information, visit:

The City of Ottawa launched a rental accommodations study.

Click here to take part today … and have your say! (Deadline is June 30)

Did you miss the latest RPCRA email newsletter?
No worries, read it here:…/riverside-insider-celebrate-summer-in-…

And sign up for updates from your community association:

Our neighbours in Hunt Club are celebrating their 5th annual Hunt Club Cares Garage Sale on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Riverside Park residents can find hidden treasures and help support Interval House for abused women and children.

Find more information on Facebook or contact Linda King at or 613-260-7897.

The Riverside Park Nursery School, in partnership with Andrew Fleck Children’s Services, is planning to construct a low-rise, two-story childcare centre at 2826 Springland Dr., in Riverside Park.

Come out to the Riverside Park Early Learning Centre Public Information Session:
WHEN: Wednesday, May 22, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Riverside Churches of Ottawa, 3191 Riverside Dr.
A short presentation of the proposed site plan will be presented, followed by a Q&A. The meeting is co-hosted by River Ward Ottawa Councillor Riley Brockington and the RPNS, facilitated by Fotenn Planning + Design.

Community members who are unable to attend the meeting can visit for more details, or contact Ghada Zaki at, or City Planner Max Walker at

On Monday, April 29, the Ottawa South Community Voice ceased publication, citing advertising woes. It was a fantastic local paper, with quality journalism by editor Patrick Uguccioni and reporter Erin McCracken. The paper’s closing will leave a big hole in our community, but we are heartened to learn that no staff will be laid off.

Read the news story:

Board of Directors’ Meeting – May 1, 2019

The May RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting took place on Wednesday, May 1 to discuss what is happening in our neighbourhood and how you can get involved!

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 6.

Councillor Riley Brockington will report on important issues for our community.

Download the meeting documents here:


Minutes of April 3, 2019 Board Meeting

April Reports Package (Submitted in advance of the meeting)

Report of River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington


Next Meeting: Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre, Senior’s Room

The Hog’s Back swing bridge is slated to be under repair from August 2019 to April 2020, immediately followed by repairs to the stationary dam bridge which will take the remainder of the calendar year, finishing in December 2020.
River Ward Ottawa Councillor Riley Brockington will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the impact of the bridge closures on our community.

When? Monday, May 13, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Where? Carleton Heights Community Centre (1665 Apeldoorn Ave)

The NCC, Parks Canada, and the City’s Traffic branch will be on hand to answer questions from area residents.

For more information:

So you think you know Hog’s Back? Think again! Here’s a little historical reflection on Mooney’s Bay and Hog’s Back, from the archives of the Gloucester Historical Society. (See pages 7-9)

In honour of the Cleaning the Capital Campaign, George-Étienne Cartier School is hosting a Metal and Electronic Recycling Day fundraiser:

Where? 880 Thorndale Dr.
When? May 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids are invited to touch a fire truck with Ottawa Fire Services, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Click on the images below to download the event poster.

Join us in #CleaningTheCapital!

Join your neighbours, friends and fellow Riverside Park residents to clean up our parks and greenspaces as part of the city’s annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign. Register on RPCRA’s Facebook page to participate and stay up-to-date on the campaign.

From April 15, 2019 – May 15, 2019, we are asking residents to clean up litter, report graffiti and audit the state of our community’s parks and green spaces. Your contribution can take place while you walk your kids to school or walk the dog at night. We will also be hosting larger clean-up events on Capital Cleanup Weekend when we will host our big clean up in each of the five neighbourhoods that make up Riverside Park.

Clean-ups will take place at 0ne of five community parks at 1:00PM on Saturday, April 27, 2019 (rain date is May 4):

  • Pauline Vanier Park (Harkness Ave)
  • Paget Park (Hobson Rd)
  • Linton Park (Linton Rd)
  • Arnott Park (Hartman Cres)
  • Geoff Wightman Park (Kamloops Ave)

This is an excellent opportunity to get out, socialize, improve the state of our wonderful community and possibly win some prizes! Part of a church, social or sports group? Share the event and have them sign them up too at:

A park checklist will be provided by email with questions about park amenities, waste management and the overall condition, and clean up materials will be available on Capital Clean-up Weekend or by request.

If you have any questions, just email

Your Views are Needed on Mitigating the Impact

Are you worried about the impact of the scheduled Ottawa Airport Parkway off-ramp on West Walkley Road? Send your concerns, ideas and input to

Board of Directors’ Meeting – April 3, 2019

The April RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 3. Join us to learn what is happening in our neighbourhood and how you can get involved!

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 6.

Councillor Riley Brockington will report on important issues for our community and Adam Joiner from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa will present on programs to promote their newly renovated Tomlinson Family Foundation Clubhouse.

Please note that the March RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting will take place on a THURSDAY, not the usual Wednesday. We have moved our date to all residents to attend the Annual River Ward Women’s Day Speaker Series. Please join us on Thursday, March 7 to learn what is happening in our neighbourhood and how you can get involved!

When: Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 5.

Councillor Riley Brockington will report on important issues for our community.

Meeting Documents

Read this week’s Op-Ed in the Community Voice (Ottawa South) by #RPCRA Director George Brown on #HeronGate:—web.pdf

Residents must ‘create’ not ‘look’ at Heron Gate of the future

by George Brown
First of all, I want to thank Your Community Voice – Ottawa South for your ex-cellent ongoing coverage of all things Heron Gate. Although the news to date has not been good, it has been accurate. However, I do see a faint light at the end of the tunnel. From reading your front page Jan. 31 ar-ticle “Residents soon to get first look at Heron Gate of the future” it appears that Coun. Cloutier has been listening.
In the article he talks about “rejuvenating that commu-nity” and states that “so-cial infrastructure must also be considered in the (Secondary) Plan.” Anyone who has lived or lives in Heron Gate would be for-given for taking exception to this comment. I have spo-ken with many tenants who love this community and find it to be supportive and nurturing … and already rejuvenating.
However, I digress.
The article raises several key questions. The council-lor says we must develop a “mechanism to ensure that evicted tenants are given a chance to stay within their neighbourhood” and he goes on to say that the city is exploring legal avenues to ensure that tenants have a right to return to the com-munity. I would add to “affordable family sized housing units.”
I have good news. There are several major initia-tives in the works that can deal with many of the con-cerns raised by the people of Heron Gate, as well as by the councillor.
First of all, I suggest ev-eryone look at and that the councillor support Ottawa ACORN’s “Healthy Homes Platform.” To sum-marize, ACORN members want: 1. Landlord licensing 2. Rental replacement by-laws and no winter evictions in the case of redevelopment 3. Inclusionary zoning.
Space does not allow me to discuss at length these three important asks. One only needs to look to the City of Toronto, which has imple-mented all three strategies to protect tenants and pre-serve affordability. It’s time for the City of Ottawa to get caught up.
I would suggest that while the issue of a landlord li-censing policy works its way through the city bureaucra-cy, that Coun. Cloutier ask city council to implement a Proactive-Bylaw (property standards to be specific) Enforcement program for Heron Gate. This has been implemented in the past to deal with chronic problem properties and landlords. Does anyone doubt that Heron Gate would qualify?
Secondly, I am very ex-cited about a recent ini-tiative of Ottawa ACORN and the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre to facilitate the residents of Heron Gate in develop-ing the first “Community Benefits Agreement” in Ottawa.
Community benefits le-verage public and private investments in communi-ties to create decent work, affordable housing, and so-cial infrastructure that im-prove the quality of life for all community members.
Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) are legally binding contractu-al agreements negotiated between a community co-alition and developers to en-sure that impacted residents can share the benefits of a development without hav-ing to fear displacement. CBAs are a much broader approach to community planning than your typical bricks and mortar focus.
The Parkdale community in Toronto just completed the “Parkdale Community Benefits Framework– Guide for Development without Displacement” to help frame CBAs in their community.
Their vision contains five collective principles: eq-uitable process, affordable housing, affordable com-mercial, decent work, com-munity assets.
What will Heron Gate’s vi-sion and principles be?
I can’t wait to find out.
Riverside Park resident George Brown is a lawyer and former Ottawa city councillor.

The first RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting of 2019 will be held on February 6. All are welcome. At this meeting, all of the Committee Chairs will present a draft RPCRA Action Plans for approval. Come out to hear what we have in store for the neighbourhood.

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 6.

Councillor Riley Brockington presented a report on important issues for our community.

The Riverside Park Nursery School presented an important update.

Meeting Documents

Download the minutes, officer reports and the councillor’s report from the December 5, 2018 Board of Directors meeting.

Hey Riversiders, we hope your holidays are safe, warm and full of joy. Stay golden in 2019.

Members of the RPCRA are invited to attend the December Board of Directors Meeting!

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 6.

Click on the highlighted links to download the draft agenda, minutes from the previous meeting and this month’s reports that were submitted in advance. We will be changing the way our meetings will be conducted so there will be less of an emphasis on administrative issues, and more of a focus on important community updates and discussion.

The Board of Directors will be reporting back on their recent Planning Retreat, announcing new Standing Committees, meeting dates for 2019 and exciting ideas for a 2019 action plan. There will be lots of ways for residents to get involved!

Councillor Riley Brockington has been invited to present an update on important issues for our community. Hope to see you there!


  1. Call to Order
  2. Presentation of the Consent Agenda
    1. Agenda
    2. Minutes of November 7, 2018 Board Meeting
    3. Reports Package
  3. President’s Report
    1. Membership Communications
    2. Ottawa’s Response to Tornado
    3. Meeting with Councillor Brockington
    4. Meeting with Hunt Club Community Association
    5. December 1 Board Retreat
  4. Order of the Day (7:30 p.m.): River Ward Councillor’s Report
    Guest: Riley Brockington, Ottawa City Councillor (River Ward)
  5. Vice-President’s Report
    1. Hunt Club Riverside Park Community Leaders Breakfast
    2. Hunt Club Riverside Park Steering Table
    3. Federation of Citizens’ Associations
    4. Coyote Information Session
    5. Mentoring for Change
  6. Secretary’s Report
    1. Board Space
    2. Document Storage
  7. Treasurer’s Report
  8. Proposal: Boys and Girls Club Project
  9. Committee Reports
  10. Other Business
  11. Next Meetings: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  12. Adjournment

Your RPCRA officers are:

Your directors are:

  • George Brown (Riverside Park West)
  • Nicole Christy (Riverside Park West)
  • Mark Staz (Revelstoke)
  • Paul Willetts (Riverside Park East)
  • Andrew Wintonic (Riverside Park East)
  • Terry Wood (Riverside Park Southeast)

A reminder about your RPCRA membership: Members of the RPCRA are welcome to ask questions at our Board of Directors meetings but only have voting rights at our annual general meetings. Memberships are good for one year and can be renewed online in the right-hand column of this page.

Download the Minutes & Reports of the November 7, 2018 Board of Directors meeting.

Rate the city’s response to the Tornado

Are you a Riverside Park resident who was affected by a Tornado in September? The Ottawa City Manager is asking Community Associations for feedback the City’s response. Share your opinion! Send us an email at, along with your name, street (address not required). We will keep your email address confidential, but we may reach out to you directly if more information is required.

Welcome Paul Willetts

The RPCRA is proud to welcome Paul Willetts to the Board of Directors. This marks the first time in over five years that the Board has filled every one of the 10 director positions.
And Paul is an excellent addition to the team.
Paul is an employment and labour lawyer who has lived in Riverside East with his wife and young daughter since 2016. He also sits on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa.
“I am interested in joining the RPCRA board in order to take a more active role in our community and to help safeguard its development. In particular, I am interested in encouraging increased RPCRA membership and contributing to the ongoing dialogue around positive and sustainable commercial and residential development in our neighbourhood.”

The Rinks Committee of the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association is looking for a volunteer to manage the Arnott Park rink. If you are comfortable managing volunteers and traveling to the rink on a regular basis, please consider this opportunity to contribute to your community!

We are also looking for volunteers to help with ice cleaning and flooding for both the Arnott Park and Pauline Vanier rinks.  If you are interested in volunteering for either position, or would like more information, please contact Andrew Wintonic, RPCRA Rinks Director at


The City of Ottawa is currently recruiting for citizen members to serve on various Committees and Boards!

Make a difference by becoming a volunteer member! The City could benefit greatly from your expertise and knowledge and in return, you would gain insight and knowledge of how the City works.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of the City of Ottawa and must be 18 years of age or older in order to be eligible for appointment.  Membership will, as much as possible, reflect Ottawa’s diversity and demographics in such areas as gender, official language, geographic representation, race and disability.  In addition, consistent with Council’s motion of March 28, 2018, the City is working toward the goal of 50 per cent representation of women on the City’s Advisory Committees in the next Term of Council.  Participants may be eligible for re-imbursement of some out-of-pocket expenses.

For more information: Visit or contact Carole Legault at 613-580-2424, ext. 28934, (TTY: 613-580-2401) or by email at

Click here to download the ad.

Members of the RPCRA are invited to attend the Board of Directors Meeting on November 7, 2018.

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 5.

Download the draft agenda here, but please note that the agenda may change before the meeting so please get an up-to-date copy if you plan to attend. Come to learn how the new officers and directors are getting settled in their new roles and what they are planning for our community.

Councillor Riley Brockington has been invited to present an update on important issues for our community. Hope to see you there!

Your RPCRA officers are:

  • President: Joel Duff (Riverside Park Southwest)
  • Vice-President: Travis Croken (Riverside Park Southeast)
  • Treasurer: Barbara Haines (Riverside Park Southwest)
  • Secretary: Gillian Wintonic (Riverside Park East)

Your directors are:

  • George Brown (Riverside Park West)
  • Nicole Christy (Riverside Park West)
  • Mark Staz (Revelstoke)
  • Andrew Wintonic (Riverside Park East)
  • Terry Wood (Riverside Park Southeast)

Please note that at this month’s meeting, the Board will be appointing a new director to fill a vacant position. Nominations are still open. The term of office will run for 11 months, until our October AGM in 2019. Any interested resident will be considered, but preference will be given to residents from the Revelstoke area in our neighbourhood, as per the RPCRA bylaws.

Interested residents are invited to email a short statement of intent in advance of the meeting, along with your contact information and address to:

A reminder about your RPCRA membership: Members of the RPCRA are welcome to ask questions at our Board of Directors meetings but only have voting rights at our annual general meetings. Memberships are good for one year and can be renewed online in the right-hand column of this page.

This article is an archive of articles and other documents regarding the redevelopment of 3071 Riverside Drive, the old Bayview School property, now sometimes referred to as the Canoe Bay development. (read more…)

Ecology Ottawa has agreed to be the main “contractor” for garbage and recyclable
collection at the upcoming CP Women’s Open golf tournament to be held next month
at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. Ecology Ottawa is soliciting volunteers to sign up for various shifts during that week.

Please see this Ecology Ottawa URL for details:

Ottawa Public Health are holding an Alcohol Awareness consultation session. See

Update: Results of survey (now includes comments) 2017-06-06

In order to better understand the opinions of our membership, we have designed a short survey regarding the proposed Bayview redevelopment (3071 Riverside Drive). You are invited to provide your opinions. (read more…)

The RPCRA has joined a City of Ottawa program that provides discounts (e.g. on fitness memberships) to our members. (read more…)

2016-11-30 Community Meeting on the sale and development of the Bayview property (read more…)

(from Councillor Riley Brockington)

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.

(read more…)

Hello fellow resident of Riverside Park,

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.


(read more…)

For immediate release
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.

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(from Councillor Riley Brockington)

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.

(read more…)

This is an email to the RPCRA from River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington’s office.

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).

(read more…)

The Turtle Fence at the Canada 150 Playground Construction Site

The Turtle Fence at the Canada 150 Playground Construction Site

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.

Last revised 2016-06-25

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 .

Last revised 2016-06-19

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).

Presentation at Information Session, May 31, 2016 (EN)

Presentation at Information Session, May 31, 2016 (FR)

Executive Summary Mooney’s Bay Environmental FR.pdf

Giver 150 Project Agreement – Signed.pdf

Tree Inventory-Layout1.pdf

CM-13-0309-04_SAR_Screening Memo_Mooney’s_Bay_Apr_20_2016.pdf (Species at Risk)

15-200-5_Soil Report_R0.pdf

15-200-6_Preliminary HHERA_Mooney’s Bay_R0.pdf (Human Health and
Ecological Risk Assessment)

15-200-8_Soil Management_Plan_R0.pdf

(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 

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.


This post is a collection of miscellaneous resources related to the Canada 150 playground project at Mooney’s Bay Park. The list may change from time to time as more information becomes available. For late breaking information please monitor our Facebook and Twitter sites (see our main page for links).

City of Ottawa Canada 150 Website – includes map, FAQs

The Role of the Community Coordinators

May 26: Memo from D. Chenier to Ottawa City Council

May 27: Email from Mayor Watson to Ottawa City Council



(from Councillor Riley Brockington)

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.

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(from Councillor Riley Brockington)

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. 

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The old Bayview School site on Riverside Drive has been owned by the City of Ottawa and vacant for the past few years. Several years ago, many residents participated in consultations to determine the best approach for using the vacant lands. Partly because so much time has passed, River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington is holding another round of consultations with residents before a final disposition is made.

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 click on Bayview-Flyer-ENG.PDF or Bayview-Flyer-FR.PDF to see the flyer.

In response, the RPCRA provided these comments, and Councillor Brockington’s reply is available here.

Please note that the requested feedback period is ending this week (October 15). If you have comments, please contact:
Riley Brockington
City Councillor – River Ward

An Opportunity to Discuss the Proposed South-bound Parkway Off-Ramp at Walkley Road

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.

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Fireworks 2015

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
• Crimestoppers
• 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.

Our sponsors
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.

Our exhibitors
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!

Fundraiser 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:


The rinks are closed for the season. (read more…)

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”.

Planning Primer #1 (first in a series of Planning courses offered by the City of Ottawa)
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The City of Ottawa has received a Site Plan application to construct a phased apartment building complex on the old SDL site (later JDS Uniphase).  The complex will be built out over three phases and is intended to be operated as a private sector student residence.  The project will also include ground floor retail space, new landscaping and underground and surface parking.

More details can be found on Councillor Brockington’s web site (click here).


Victoria Day-01 We are working hard towards our Victoria Day Weekend fireworks event.

An article recently appeared in the Ottawa Community News – see


Happy New Year! We wish you the best in 2015!

Date:               Monday, November 17, 2014  
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We have received more emails containing welcome comments plus great shots of the 2014 fireworks at Mooney’s Bay Park. One resident commented

“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!

Victoria Day Weekend fireworks light up the sky at Mooney's Bay Park - May 18, 2014. Thanks TI.

Victoria Day Weekend fireworks light up the sky at Mooney’s Bay Park – May 18, 2014. Thanks TI.

Victoria Day Fireworks 2014. Taken from balcony at 1435 Prince of Wales Drive. Thanks AB.

Victoria Day Fireworks 2014. Taken from balcony at 1435 Prince of Wales Drive. Thanks AB.


Over the past few days a collection of dedicated volunteers has distributed close to 3000 flyers in our neighbourhoods. The primary purpose of the flyer is to inform residents that the RPCRA exists, what we do, and how to get in touch.

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
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2014 Fireworks from the beach. Thanks: CG

2014 Fireworks from the beach. Thanks: CG

2014 Fireworks. Thanks: CG

2014 Fireworks. Thanks: CG

(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…)

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – RPCRA Volunteers of all ages came out today despite the rain for the Clean the Capital Campaign.  Today’s crew gathered six bags of garbage along the pathway that connects from the O-train to the Brookfield-Flannery Roundabout. They also cleared some of the debris from the City’s catch basins to help the run off water. (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.

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Although the cold weather is extending the skating season this year, our rinks are due to close around March 15. Until then, enjoy the skating!

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