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.

Rain Ready Ottawa

9 06 2021

— McKellar Park, you may be eligible for stormwater retrofit rebates

McKellar Park is part of a priority stormwater retrofit area for Rain Ready Ottawa, a City of Ottawa initiative.

Rebates up to $5,000 may be available to help you install rainwater management projects. Rebates are available in priority retrofit areas of Ottawa where studies have shown that actions on private property like redirecting downspouts and installing rain gardens are effective ways to manage rainwater.

Rain Ready Ottawa was created to help you manage rainwater on your property. In addition to information and resources on rainwater projects for your home, Rain Ready Ottawa also offers custom home assessments, and financial rebates for certain rainwater management projects to eligible residents.

For more information on the program and how to apply go to Rain Ready Ottawa

Video from Stage 2 LRT construction update

18 05 2021

More from the April 29th meeting with Westboro, McKellar Park, and Carlingwood Community Associations (earlier materials here and here).

Special thanks to Tom Pechloff for recording and posting this on the Kitchissippi Ward YouTube channel.

Opening Byron to pedestrians

16 05 2021

Another highlight from Councillor Jeff Leiper’s newsletter:

Opening Byron to pedestrians

In my previous posts about a potential Byron pedestrian opening this year, I noted that while I’m not seeking a permanent re-configuration, I would be seeking one more season of measures during the pandemic and to assist the Ottawa Farmers Market that is back on Byron. To that end, at some point before next weekend, the City will be creating more pedestrian space on Byron by removing one lane and making it a one-way eastbound street between Redwood to Golden. Parking will be removed from the stretch, and there will be measures to reduce cut-through on Golden and Fraser. As usual, I’ll keep an eye on it and we have some flexibility to make tweaks as we go.

Funding for signaled pedestrian crossing of Richmond at Wavell

16 05 2021

From Councillor Jeff Leiper’s newsletter:

Feds to fund Wavell/Richmond crossing

Through the federal government’s Covid-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, I’m pleased to say that we’ve finally found a way to fund a pedestrian crossing of Richmond at Wavell. Construction details will follow, but I know this has a been a longstanding ask in the community. See more details on the funding here.

(Cost is $226,000.)

More LRT2 Construction Information

10 05 2021

From the April 29 meeting, in addition to what was posted earlier.

Westboro Farmers Market returns to Byron Linear Park

8 05 2021

From Ottawa Farmers Market:

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market to Byron Linear Park! This Saturday marks the launch of the Westboro Market, where you can find 40+ local vendors nestled along the pathway. For everyone’s safety, the market will run one-directionally along the path, please use the market entrance located at the corner of Richmond Road and Golden Avenue (see the map below).

The Westboro Market at Byron Linear Park has one entrance and one exit, with a one-way pathway connecting the start and end of the market.

Prior to visiting the market, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 safety measures. These measures include:

  • Mandatory mask use within the market space, at all times.
  • No eating or drinking within the market, all food is take-out only.
  • No pets permitted inside the market, only service animals.
  • Limiting customer numbers within the market at any given time.
  • Hand sanitizer available at the entrance and exit tents, and at all vendor stalls.
  • Maintain 2 meters distance between yourself and others at all times.

Stage 2 LRT Construction presentation material

5 05 2021

For those who missed the LRT Woodroffe to Dominion presentation that was held last week and for reference of those who attended, please see below. All questions that were not answered at the presentation will be posted when we receive the answers.

Thanks to Jeff Leiper’s office for organizing this meeting.

Protect your bicycle! Register with 529 Garage

2 05 2021

Press release from Ottawa Police Service:

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is warning residents to take extra precautions to secure their bikes from thefts and register with 529 Garage. 

“The program has really been embraced by Ottawa’s cycling community,” said program coordinator Sergeant Art Wong. “And our partnerships with local bike shops have been a valuable asset in helping to get people signed up.”

Along with its partners, Bike Ottawa and Safer Roads Ottawa, the OPS is encouraging cyclists to register their bikes on 529 Garage. This program is easy to sign up to through the app or online. It can help police locate a stolen bike sooner. The app was launched in May 2019 in Ottawa and to date, 6,263 residents have registered and 106 bikes have been recovered and returned to their rightful owners. 

Simple things like investing in a durable lock, or putting your bike away in a locked shed or garage, will go a long way to keeping it safe from thefts. 

Residents living in high rise apartments and condominiums should store their bike in designated secured enclosures, and all riders should choose bikes racks that offer high visibility and foot traffic or surveillance. 

For more information about 529 Garage and a full list of city bike shops offering the 529 Garage shield and registration help, please visit

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you can still register your bike and be enrolled in the program, but we ask that you collect your sticker at a later date if you want to get your shield from one of our police stations. While the sticker offers a secondary serial number to verify ownership of the bike and acts as a visual deterrent, it is not necessary to complete the registration.  

As the weather starts getting warmer, more residents in Ottawa will take advantage and get out of the house and go for a bike ride. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but we are asking riders to still be mindful of physical distancing public health guidelines, along with any requirements to wear masks. 

Protect your bike and yourself and enjoy your ride.