Second Annual Clare Gardens Park NERF BATTLE!

26 12 2013

Friday, December 27th
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

All ages are welcome to bring Nerf guns and see which battalion can capture the flag. Mark your bullets with three initials for easy identification. Eye gear is recommended for the youngsters.

See you in the park!

Organized by:
Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park and Westboro Community Association


Second Annual Clare Gardens Park Trim the Christmas Tree

4 12 2013

Sunday, December 8th 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 and singing Christmas carols.

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!

Volunteer Gardeners of Claire Gardens Park


Clare Gardens Park Mulch Move – Come and participate!

20 09 2013

The Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Park need your help!


The City of Ottawa has generously donated a really large pile of mulch to top dress the park’s garden beds. We need volunteers to help us move the mulch. The mulch helps keep the weeds down, protects tender roots over the winter, regenerates the soil and keeps moisture in the soil. We need this stuff.

Here’s the details for the community mulch move:

Day: Sunday, September 22, 2013

Time: 9:30 am till 1 p.m

Tools to bring: Shovels, racks, wheelbarrows (please put your name on tools)

If you don’t have tools don’t worry. Give whatever time you have to donate. All help is welcome.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Volunteer Gardeners of Claire Gardens Park

Clare Gardens Park Design Plan

9 05 2013


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:

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WCaA Presentation

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!


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




The Volunteer Gardeners of

Clare Gardens Park

Volunteer Gardeners of Claire Gardens Park


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:

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.

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

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