by Zoë Sutherland
Come and join in the fun! Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital fall initiative is here again for the last time in 2016. The various park cleanups are a great way to engage with our Glebe community and have a hand in ensuring that our shared spaces are safe and pleasant for one and all. Volunteers are much needed and all ages are welcome. Bring your gloves, friends and family. Willingness required but no experience necessary!
2017 will shortly be upon us and as we all know it is a very significant year. On July 1, 2017 Canada will turn 150 years old. We would like to celebrate this milestone by making our neighbourhood look beautiful and welcoming to residents and visitors. This means that the Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital spring initiative will require as many volunteers as possible. Our Glebe Parks Committee representative for Glebe Memorial Park, a.k.a. Glendale Park, Angus McCabe asks that we all join him in the cleanup of this well-used and beloved park by adding the date April 29, 2017 to your calendar. Watch this space for more dates at other parks in the Glebe and Glebe Annex areas.
Glebe Parks Committee update
This spring we launched two exciting projects that have undoubtedly enhanced our lives and our enjoyment of the Glebe.
Our very own Catherine McKenna, MP officially opened the dock launch in the Rideau Canal at Patterson’s Creek on May 10. The addition of the docks to the canal has been extremely popular, used by people with canoes, kayaks and paddleboards alike. The season was brought to an end on Thanksgiving Monday, October 10, and the canal will be drained to make way for freezing so that our next season of activities can begin.
The Glebe Pop-up Parklets located at Bank and Third, and Bank and Second were installed on street-side car parking spots. Shoppers and passersby have used and admired the parklets and can continue to do so until the end of the season. Carleton University architecture students designed these small wooden outdoor spaces for and on behalf of the Glebe Parks Committee. Chair Sam Harris and member Connie Boynton have cared for the parklets, with artwork donated by Glebe Community Centre summer campers. These tailor-made structures will be disassembled and stored locally in the hope that they can be reused in 2017.
Help wanted! Central Park West
Calling all gardening enthusiasts! Central Park West has two flowerbeds that are in need of some ongoing seasonal TLC. The beds are located at the base of the stairs that lead from Bank Street into the park (at the east end of the park) and between the stairs and the ramp on the north side. A small group of volunteers would be ideal, with gardening knowledge and knowhow. Both beds have lacked care for some time and are in need of weeding, soil preparation and planning. 2017 is an important year and the Glebe Parks Committee would like to see all flowering areas in full bloom and looking their best for the celebrations. If you are interested and have skills to share please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Firehall Park on Fifth Avenue
Design work on the new park space at the corner of Fifth and O’Connor continues. The community will be asked for feedback once potential designs have been determined.
Find out more about the Glebe Parks Committee at our website where you can read our mandate and meeting minutes, and get in touch with ideas and suggestions: www.glebeca.ca/parks.
Zoë Sutherland is a member of the Glebe Parks Committee.