Clare Gardens Park Design Plan

9 05 2013

CLARE PARK DESIGN SIDE ONE  TWO 2 small size - PLANTS (2)

The plan for Clare Gardens was done by Ann Coffey, who is an Evergreen Foundation consultant.

Ann specializes in creating garden designs to encourage children to become more curious and comfortable with nature. All the plants in this area will be plants that are native to Eastern Ontario. The paths will be made with stone dust to ensure that the “To Where the Wild Things Are” garden is accessible for everyone.

Building on last year’s park celebration play, “The Legend of Clare Gardens Park”, the new wild garden is meant to provide a nice environment to lure the Clare Gardens Park fairies back to their original home.

For more details on the plan and it’s objectives, please review the following:

WCaA PresentationV002

WCaA Presentation

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Clifton Road Neighbours Cleaning the Capital

8 05 2013

Here are some pictures from the Clifton Road Clean-up Crew

volunteering their time during the Spring Cleaning the Capital campaign.

Now that’s teamwork!

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Clare Gardens Park: Spring Clean Up 2013

7 05 2013

Saturday, May 11th

Starting 10 am

Rain date: Sunday, May 12th

The WCA and the Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park are inviting you to help clean up the park.

We’ll be building pathways for the new “To Where the Wild  Things Are” native plant garden. We’re also hosting a children’s workshop to develop strategies to bring back the fairies to Clare Park. This is in preparation for the Clare Park Celebration on June 22, 2013.

To help, bring along gardening gloves, a broom, a wheelbarrow, rakes and/or a shovel. We’ll provide garden bags and gloves. Bring your family and meet some of your neighbours!

Poster: CleanupMay2013

Sincerely,

The WCA

hellowestboro@yahoo.ca

and

The Volunteer Gardeners of

Clare Gardens Park

volunteer.gardeners@gmail.ca

Volunteer Gardeners of Claire Gardens Park





2013: DECISION TIME FOR WESTERN LIGHT RAIL AND OUR COMMUNITY

31 01 2013

City Council recently approved the plans for the Confederation Line between Blair Station and Tunney’s Pasture. That section is scheduled to be open to the public by 2018. Key decisions on the western extension of the train’s route will be taken this year. A track running straight through our green, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood remains a distinct, grim possibility. Information gathered by some of our members suggests city planners are viewing the Richmond-Byron corridor as their top choice.

Although city councillors voted to approve an environmental report last June that included several Richmond-Byron options, the community has still not been consulted at this stage of the process. There have also been few indications that Carling Avenue is being seriously considered as a viable route. Planners have also not specified exactly how much of Byron Linear Park will disappear, where traffic will be diverted through the community when lanes are reduced along Richmond, and whether some homes will have to be appropriated along the route.

Now is a great time to send city councillors, MLAs and MPs an email or letter voicing your concerns about the proposed Richmond/Byron routes. Email addresses can be found on our website. We also encourage you to send a well-worded letter to deputy city manager Nancy Schepers: Nancy.Schepers@ottawa.ca.

The city wants your comments on its new OFFICIAL PLAN and MASTER PLAN, documents that will form the basis of major decisions including transportation and the construction of high-rises and commercial buildings in our neighbourhoods.

Please take the time to fill out their survey, by MARCH 1, 2013.
http://liveableottawa.fluidsurveys.com/s/2031/?p=0&k=&h=b07e0bc1c3751d34acbef5b8546b29ae&s=eyJwYWdlcGF0aCI6IFswXX0%3D&n=.&l=en

Look what we discovered from the Confederation Line plans:
• The top speed of the trains is now listed as 100 km/h, versus the 80 km/h described earlier
• The system could move over 18.000 passengers per hour in each direction, up from the 12,000-14,000 in the original planning documents
• Trains could run as often as every 1:45 minutes, much more than the 2-3 minutes laid out by the planners when describing the project

Posted on behalf of Neighbours for Smart Western Rail
http://www.smartwesternrail.org/letterpress/





Have your say in selecting public art for Churchill Avenue

2 01 2013

Ottawa – Residents will have an opportunity to meet the four shortlisted artists/artist teams and review their proposals for public art to be installed at the intersection of Churchill and Byron avenues. The road reconstruction project, scheduled for completion in the spring of 2014, will improve the pedestrian corridors, feature separated cycling lanes and implement traffic calming and transit priority measures.
Four of the 14 local artists/artist teams that responded to the call to artists: request for proposals, have been shortlisted and an opportunity to meet the artists, view the proposals, and record your comments will take place on Monday, January 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Road. Comments from the public will be provided to the Art Selection Committee as they deliberate and select the winning proposal.
Public input will ensure that residents and future visitors to the Westboro community will be able to view innovative public art integrated into the streetscape. The four finalists – Marcus Kucey Jones, Don Maynard, Jennifer Stead and artist team Oded and Pamela Ravek – will present sketches, scale models or maquettes and detailed work plans including budgets of the proposed artworks.
The City of Ottawa commissions local artists’ works for display in public spaces from a per cent of funds that is set aside for municipal development projects. Public art is found in municipal buildings, open spaces, pedestrian corridors, roadways, and transit ways. It creates a unique sense of place, a destination, focal points for activity, and meeting places.
For more information, please call 613-244-3745 or e-mail publicartprogram@ottawa.ca





First Annual Clare Gardens Park Trim the Christmas Tree Party

9 12 2012

Sunday, December 16th 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

We have the donated tree, lights and the goodies. You bring your family, friends and a tree ornament. Together, we’ll have some fun dressing up our little “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree. If you can, help us spread the cheer by bringing a toy for Toy Mountain.

Meet us at the little pine tree near the stage.
See you in the park!

Organized by:
Westboro Community Association and Volunteer Gardeners for Claire Gardens Park





Saturday October 20 is Clare Park Clean Up Day!

15 10 2012

It’s that time of year again, time to tidy up the park!

Saturday, October 20 2012, starting 10:30 a.m.
(Rain date: Sunday October 21)

Ritchie Feed and Seed has donated 100 daffodil bulbs to the park. This year will be planting the daffodils around the Athlone and Evered entrances. Bring the kids and we’ll have a “bulb planting 101 session”.

The City is donating a load of topsoil to fill in any holes in the lawn and begin to build the beds for our future wilderness garden. We’ll have the plans for this future garden at the treat table.

We’ll bring rakes, plastic mitts, garbage and large garden bags. If you have a lawn mower, rake, wheelbarrow, please bring these tools along to help out.

Come hear the park news and ask questions. Tell us if you have any park-related concerns. We welcome your feedback.

Bring your families and meet your neighbours! Refreshments and goodies will be provided.

Please tell your neighbours and friends about the clean up. If it’s raining on Saturday, will have it on Sunday.

Looking forward to seeing you!








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