NCC Capital Pathways Survey

30 07 2021

From the National Capital Commission’s website:

The NCC is conducting a short survey to better understand the use of the Capital Pathway Network.

The Capital Pathway Network refers to the pathways shared by pedestrians, joggers, in-line skaters, skateboarders, and, cyclists, which are found along both sides of the Rideau Canal, along the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers, in Gatineau Park, and in other urban and suburban areas such as the Experimental Farm, Watts Creek, the Aviation Museum, and Leamy Lake Park.

The survey should take approximately ten minutes to complete and will be available until September 15, 2021.

Bel-Air Copeland Lions /Norsemen Football Club registration now open

27 07 2021

LRT Q&A Chapter 1

18 07 2021

Courtesy of Councillor Jeff Leiper’s newsletter :

On April 29, the McKellar Park Community Association, in partnership with our office, hosted a webinar about LRT activity ongoing and what to expect in the coming months. 

With more than 80 questions from residents, it was impossible to answer them all that night, so a Q&A document was promised.

With apologies for the delay, you can find the first batch of questions attached here.

There will be more to come.

If you missed that meeting, you can watch it here:

Q&A document attached here:

McKellar Park Wading Pool Schedule

29 06 2021

The Association is not responsible for Park facilities but residents may be interested in the current hours for the McKellar Park wading pool:

  • Monday: 10am-5pm
  • Tuesday: 11:30am-6:30pm
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10am-5pm
  • Friday: 11:30-6:30pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 10am-5pm

LDD moth caterpillar infestation

28 06 2021

A group of concerned citizens who live in or near Champlain Park have posted an item that tells us how to protect trees from Lymantria dispar dispar moth caterpillars. You can read it here.

A resident of McKellar Park has alerted us that the Byron Linear Parkway is well on its way to infestation. At the wooden swing ( for those with kids) the caterpillars were on the trees, in the grass, and several were on the bench.

If any of you see a tree that is infested, please let us know and we will post it. If anyone wishes to adopt a tree or two to wrap and watch on the Byron Linear Park or elsewhere, please do.

Kitchissippi “As We Heard It” Official Plan report published

27 06 2021

From Councillor Jeff Leiper’s Kitchissippi Ward Newsletter:

City planning staff have published the Kitchissippi-specific As We Heard It report addressing concerns that have been raised about the Official Plan as those relate to our ward. Find that document here. There will be an open house to explore changes proposed for the “Inner Urban Transect”, which includes Kitchissippi tomorrow night. Find the details of that here. There are a couple of items that are worth highlighting off the top, including that staff continue to feel that a “minor corridor” designation would be appropriate for Sherbourne, the tree canopy target will continue to be a city-wide one rather than neighbourhood specific, and (possibly the biggest question in my mind), any decisions about allowing greater density in single-detached-home neighbourhoods (R1) will be done through the comprehensive zoning review to come in the next term of Council.

New FB group: “Nature in Kitchissippi”

22 06 2021

The local Facebook group “Nature in Kitchissippi” is newly created for sharing

  • neat wildlife sightings within Kitchissippi,
  • ideas for how to encourage more nature in our ward (e.g., ideas for pollinator gardens; backyard bird feeders; native plants in parks), and
  • questions and answers about nature in our neighbourhood.

This Summer Slow Down, Save Kids

16 06 2021

Given the number of children who are out and about in our neighbourhood either on foot, scooter, or bicycle it’s important that drivers obey the speed limit, stop at stop signs and be observant at all times. This has become a significant issue. In one case a small child, age 4 was travelling on Dovercourt.  A car pulled out in front of him without stopping at a stop sign. The child who had the right of way was unable to stop and ended up hitting the back of the car. The driver didn’t notice and drove away. Fortunately the child wasn’t injured but it could have been far more serious. Let’s all do our part by driving responsibly and being on the lookout for our smallest neighbours. Accidents can happen in a flash. Let’s minimize the risk.

Dovercourt programs starting, and Film crew at McKellar

15 06 2021

Email from John Rapp at Dovercourt:

Hello Neighbours and friends at McKellar,

I just wanted to let you know that we are looking forward to being back in operations soon at the wading pool and the field house, with some camps and swims starting next week! As well, on Wednesday and Friday this week, a film crew working in the neighbourhood has rented the fieldhouse for use as their lunch space and makeup. While no filming is going to take place at McKellar, you will see their trailer in the parking lot starting today, and some comings and goings from that location. They are overnight on the Wednesday night, but have promised to be very quiet.

As always, let me know of any concerns or comments.

John Rapp

Executive Director

Building a healthy, active and engaged community through recreation

411 Dovercourt Avenue | Ottawa, ON | K2A 0S9 | Tel: 613-798-8950

Calls for an indigenous-led renaming of SJAM Parkway

9 06 2021

Councillors McKenney, Leiper and Kavanagh have drafted a letter to the Prime Minister and the NCC calling for an indigenous-led process for renaming the Sir John A Macdonald (SJAM) Parkway.  The Ottawa Citizen published an article on the issue.  If you wish, you may add comments to the Kitchissippi Ward website or write Councillor Leiper an email.

You may also sign a petition calling for the rename of the SJAM Parkway, drafted by Algonquin elder Albert Dumont and others.