By Angus McCabe
Happy spring everyone! The Glebe Community Association’s annual park clean-ups, part of the City of Ottawa’s Spring Cleaning the Capital program, are underway – most take place on Saturday, May 13 starting at 10:00 a.m. The rain date, if it is really pouring, is the next day, Sunday, May 14.
These events have always been great opportunities for neighbours to gather for some fun park play and community service as part of our ongoing effort to help keep our parks safe, clean and green.
On the cleaning front, the main goal is to pick up litter; for parks with play areas, this includes giving the sand a rake over to remove any other dangerous items that should be removed by adults.
If you can, bring a rake, work gloves and a container to help consolidate (and safely store) any garbage into one garbage bag at each park – that helps to minimize our use of larger single-use plastic bags.
The Glebe is fortunate to be home to 12 beautiful city parks along with other green spaces. They are a source of daily joy, peace, health and wonder for residents young and old. Come together with your friends, family and neighbours at the park clean-up near you, make some new acquaintances and create some more wonderful neighbourhood moments and memories!
Below is a listing of GCA Parks Committee contacts who plan to be on hand at the parks that morning. Clean-ups are May 13 unless otherwise noted. Always feel free to contact us at email@example.com to get involved with and to organize for this and other Glebe parks initiatives in the years to come.
Angus McCabe is chair of the GCA Parks Committee
Glebe parks look lovely once cleaned! This is Patterson’s Creek lagoon.
Glebe Parks & Volunteer Leads
|Park Name & Location
|Central Park East & the Exploration Garden:
Bank Street, east side at Powell (April 22)
|Elizabeth Ballard, Meghan Storey
|Central Park West:
Bank Street, west side at Powell
|Chamberlain Park / Chamberlain Park Tennis Courts:
(Glendale, between Lyon and Percy
|Jason & Janine Anderson
Bell Street S.
|Sue Stefko, Scott Templeton
|Glebe Memorial / Glendale Park: Glendale Avenue
|Lionel Britton: Fifth Avenue at O’Connor
|Patterson Creek Lagoon: Clemow Avenue east of Bank
|Patterson Creek Park (NCC), Linden Terrace
|Sen. Eugene Forsey Park: 964 Bronson Avenue
|Sylvia Holden Park and Dog Run; O’Connor Street between Holmwood and Fifth