Thirty Years Ago in the Glebe Report


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The official dedication ceremony of Lionel Britton Park was to take place September 9 at 6:30 p.m. The park was the former tot lot at the corner of Fifth Avenue and O’Connor. Mayor Holzman and Councillor Watson would be on hand to honour Mr. Britton’s years of community service to the Glebe.


The opening of the rehabilitated Bank Street Bridge over the Rideau Canal was to be celebrated at 10 a.m. on September 18. Coffee and cake would be provided by the contractors. Since the bridge was built in 1912, it had undergone almost a dozen major repairs. When the crumbling structure became the responsibility of the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Government in 1969, serious consideration was given to demolishing it. After a community consultation process was carried out, the Region decided that the original bridge was an important heritage feature that needed to be properly repaired and maintained.


Central Park west of Bank Street had been an extension of Patterson’s Creek (and water-filled) before the turn of the last century. The first park landscaping consisted mostly of a grass cover over a thin soil fill. Wet ground and regular spring floodings took a toll on the original tree and bush plantation, and the park lost a great deal of greenery.

So, Muriel Flande and Diane McIntyre of the Environment Committee of the Glebe Community Association were spearheading a tree planting reclamation of the park on October 2. Volunteers with spades and shovels were encouraged to show up at 9 a.m.


An ad by Jeff Hooper, Associate Broker of Sutton Group, listed the following Glebe homes for sale: 58 Strathcona ($179,900), 178 Glebe Avenue ($245,000), 9 Adelaide ($247,000), 24 Thornton ($265,000) and 148 First Avenue for $299,900.

Volume 21, Number 8,

September 3, 1993 (36 pages)

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