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Here is a digest of the latest news from the RPCA, including updates from the City of Ottawa and our River Ward City Councillor.

Do you have extra seedlings leftover? Did you buy a whole package of peas but only planted a few? Are you splitting up your hostas? Thinning your echinacea? Pots you won’t use?

On May 22-23, 2021, put your extras to the curb! Share what you’ve got and help get our neighbourhood growing!

We also have free tomato seedlings to give away to the first 100 Riverside Park residents who sign-up to participate, courtesy of Amano Gardens

If you live between Brookfield Road and the McCarthy Woods, and between the Rideau River and the Airport Parkway, then that includes you.

Confirm your participation and we’ll deliver your seedling over the May long weekend.

This year, please consider how to reuse your pots and soil bags. Send us a message at garden@riversidepark.ca if you have several pots and emptied soil/compost bags that have been opened at one end (not the side).  We’ll organize a pick-up so they can be repurposed at local the Green Thumb Garden Centre and Dunrobin Nurseries. Let’s keep that plastic out of the landfill and give pots another life before they’re recycled!

Download and print a sign to let neighbours know what they can grow with the seeds you’re sharing.

Download and print a sign to let neighbours know what plants you’re sharing.

This is a no-contact, physically distant, and community friendly initiative. Please respect public health guidelines to keep our neighbourhood healthy and safe.

Plant a seed, grow a community!

If you have any questions, email Kate Cathrae at: garden@riversidepark.ca

With thanks to Amano Gardens for their generous donation and support.

The RPCA Board of Directors will hold its next meeting virtually by Zoom at 7:00 pm on Wed, May 5, 2021. We will be joined by River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington for neighbourhood and municipal updates.

This meeting is open to the public.


Join the meeting by Zoom ID: 814 7543 4701; Passcode: 189759

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81475434701?pwd=OFM5RlpxWUFHZHM2VVN5ZmlQaC9DQT09

One-tap dial-in by phone: +16475580588,,81475434701#,,#,,189759


Agenda & Document Links

  1. Call to Order
  2. Adoption of the Agenda
  3. Receipt of Minutes of the April 7, 2021 Board Meeting
  4. Presentation: River Ward Councillor Report
    Councillor Riley Brockington will present an update on the community, Ward 16, and City Hall.
  5. Presentation: RPCA Board of Directors Report
    1. President’s Report
    2. Financial Update
    3. Gardening Committee Report
    4. Transportation, Transit, & Traffic Safety Sub-Committee
  6. New Business
    1. Revelstoke Director Nominations
      Following the resignation of Revelstoke Directors Sarah Brickell, the RPCA will appoint a Nominations Committee and open the nominations process for a new Revelstoke Director appointment.
    2. West Walkley Road Beautification Project
      Discussion of new plans to calm traffic and beautify West Walkley Road.
    3. Toy Bins for Local Parks
      Discussion of new initiative to install toy bins in local parks.
    4. Active Transportation Priorities
      City Councilors have been asked to identify Active Transportation Priorities in each ward. This discussion will help identify priorities to be submitted to Councillor Brockington in advance of the May 26 deadline.
    5. Gateway Zone Signage for General Vanier Neighbourhood
      Discussion of proposal to install specialized gateway zone signs reducing traffic speed to 40 km/hr for all streets in the General Vanier neighbourhood. The initiative would take effect later this spring at the entrances to the General Vanier neighbourhood, at Walkley Road and Wexford Way and at Walkley Road and Avoncourt Way.
    6. Traffic Calming on Provost Dr.
      Discussion of proposal to install seasonal traffic calming flex sticks on Provost Dr.
    7. Preparation for Riverside Mall Public Consultation
      Discussion of plans for Brigil Construction’s upcoming public consultation on the Riverside Mall site plan: Monday, May 31 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    8. Membership in the Federation of Citizens Associations
      Discussion of proposal to renew membership in the Federation of Citizens Associations, at a cost of $35, and the appointment of two RPCA representatives to the FCA.
  7. Other Business
  8. Announcements
    • Special Discussion on Cycling Infrastructure: Tuesday, May 18 @ 6:30 p.m.
    • Curbside Garden Giveaway: Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 (all day)
    • Public Consultation on Riverside Mall: Monday, May 31 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  9. Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 –7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  10. Adjournment

Frustrated residents are concerned about climbing motorist speeds that endanger local children near the intersection of Fielding Dr and Southmore Dr W and have reached out to the Councillor Brockington for help. After two years of sounding the alarm about the dangers of the uncontrolled intersection at the mouth of the Southern Pedestrian Tunnel, local residents have appreciated the Councillor’s support, but feel the city isn’t responding adequately to the problem.

“A green sign and a yellow flex stick have not had an impact on climbing speeds. If anything, it has resulted in more erratic driver behaviour, right at the hub of pedestrian activity. There is a consensus in the neighbourhood that the community safety requires a 3-way stop at the Fielding / Southmore intersection and we have asked Councillor Brockington to champion our cause at the city’s Traffic Committee.”

Read the full letter: https://riversidepark.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021.04.22-Letter-CouncillorBrockington.pdf

On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, the RPCA hosted a presentation of LRT Stage 2 to discuss the impact on Riverside Park. The presentation, as well as the Q&A session, were recorded for those unable to attend.

Presenters:

  • Michael Brossoit, Stakeholder Relations, Stage 2 South Extension, City of Ottawa
  • Theo Tettey, Project Manager, Stage 2 Construction, City of Ottawa
  • Amanda Thompson, Program Manager, Stakeholder Relations & Communications, City of Ottawa

Watch a recording of the Zoom presentation:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/TFN-eP9Z_H4ZgH4tQXTvqBaF3fHqwdfPqzVuWIEIAltD2ciq6Ib-h0Z2ez7HLI-C.3bdTy_nzo4OeGESn 

Passcode: ?9&U^Mf*

A copy of the PowerPoint presentation and notes can be found here in two parts (divided due to size):

Late night thefts of catalytic converters from local cars have been reported in Riverside Park.

A black SUV fled the scene and was reported to the police.

Rare earth elements make these items more valuable than gold!

Reporting burglaries can help police track patterns, pinpoint causes, deploy more resources, and apprehend perpetrators!
Here is a handy guide to incident reporting:
https://riversidepark.ca/2020/05/news/crime-reporting

Stage 2 LRT Plans for Riverside Park

Guests:     Michael Brossoit, Stakeholder Relations Officer (Stage 2 South Extension);
Amanda Thompson, Program Manager (Stakeholder Relations & Communications); and
Theo Tettey, Project Manager (Stage 2 Construction)

OC Transpo officials will present on local transit plans related to LRT Stage 2 – including Trillium Line from the Rideau River at Vincent Massey Park to South Keys, and pandemic-related service reductions. This public presentation is open to all, followed by Q&A.

Buy a rain barrel improve the environment and help bring community initiatives to the Hunt Club and Riverside Park communities!

CLICK TO ORDER and your barrel will be shipped right to your door: https://rainbarrel.ca/huntclub/

A variety of rain barrels including terracotta, grey, black, blue, white, sandstone, and all the accessories you need to start using rain water in your garden!

Every sale contributes $10 local events and helps to grow food for those in need.

The RPCA Board of Directors will hold its next meeting virtually by Zoom at 7:00 pm on Wed, April 7, 2021. We will be joined by River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington for neighbourhood and municipal updates. We will also be discussing the RPCA’s response to the Ottawa’s New Official Plan, as well as transit and transportation priorities in our city.

This meeting is open to the public.

Click the button below to join LIVE at 7:00 pm, April 7, 2021.

Join the meeting by Zoom ID: 864 2627 2637; Passcode: 334798
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BOARD MEETING AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Adoption of the Agenda
  3. Receipt of Minutes of the March 3, 2021 Board Meeting
  4. Public Presentation & Discussion:

Stage 2 LRT Plans for Riverside Park

Guests:     Michael Brossoit, Stakeholder Relations Officer (Stage 2 South Extension);
Amanda Thompson, Program Manager (Stakeholder Relations & Communications); and
Theo Tettey, Project Manager (Stage 2 Construction)

OC Transpo officials will present on local transit plans related to LRT Stage 2 – including Trillium Line from the Rideau River at Vincent Massey Park to South Keys, and pandemic-related service reductions. This public presentation is open to all, followed by Q&A.

  1. Presentation: River Ward Councillor Report
    Councillor Riley Brockington will present an update on the community, Ward 16, and City Hall.
  1. Presentation: RPCA Board of Directors Report
  2. New Business
  1. Other Business
  2. Announcements
  3. Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 –7:00 p.m.
  4. Adjournment

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