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GRC pool closed for maintenance August 21-September 8

(PHOTO: Goulbourn Rec Centre, May 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)

(via Councillor Shad Qadri / City of Ottawa)

The Goulbourn Rec Complex (GRC)’s annual maintenance will take place later this month.

As such, the swimming pool will be closed from August 21-September 8. Additionally, the gymnasium / weight cardio room will be closed from August 28-September 4th.

This annual maintenance is important for ensuring the facility remains in good shape for all users throughout the year.

As a reminder, office hours at the GRC front desk remain Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Saturday/Sunday from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. The GRC will be closed Labour Day – Monday, September 4th. The rink will remain open during this time.

The GRC staff would like to thank residents for their patience at this time. For any questions, please call (613) 580-2532.


Names for recreation building and parks approved by committee

(press release via City of Ottawa)

The City’s Community and Protective Services Committee approved today a proposal to rename the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to “Cardel Rec – Goulbourn.” The new name is part of a sponsored naming rights agreement with Cardel Homes, a local home building company celebrating its 20th year in Ottawa. Continue reading


Cardel Homes seeks naming rights for Goulbourn Rec Complex

(Goulbourn Rec Centre, May 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)

The GRC could soon be known as the CRG if city councillors approve a $600,000 naming rights deal with Cardel Homes.

Next week, the City of Ottawa’s Community and Protective Services Committee will consider a proposal to change the name of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to “Cardel Rec – Goulbourn”.  In return, Cardel would pay the City $40,000 for the next 15 years. Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: Business closures, Wiebe in India, Slide fee waived

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

Blumenstudio, the florist/cafe that opened in August, has moved out of their space at the front of Capital Cabinetry on Stittsville Main. Owner Kat Kosk says it was a “business decision” to close. There weren’t enough customers at the store and she didn’t want to keep putting a strain on her existing Parkdale Avenue shop. Blumenstudio opened in August of 2016, and was supposed to share the space with a custom bike shop, but that never happened. Paul Idone, who owns Capital Cabinetry, says he plans to turn the space vacated by Blumenstudio into a showroom for his woodworking business, scheduled to open by the end of this month.

Cactus at blumenstudio
Cacti at blumenstudio

Fresco Bistro has shut down their Hazeldean Road restaurant. They first opened in Stittsville back in the fall of 2012. Their original Elgin Street location closes for good at 10pm tonight. “For us, [closing] was just about a stimulus for some change, and maybe get ourselves into a more profitable situation, in a different location, and under different circumstances,” owner Jim Bickford told CBC about their Elgin Street closure. “Rent’s gone up considerably, utilities are through the roof. I mean Hydro Ottawa is obscene at this time, I think, personally. But … those aren’t necessarily the determining factors in our decision, they’re just part of the decision.”

Fresco Bistro on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville
Fresco Bistro on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville


After a pre-Christmas tour that that took her to three Canadian Army bases in Greece, Kuwait, and Ukraine, Stittsville Olympian Erica Wiebe is spending the month in Mumbia, India wrestling in the Indian Professional Wrestling League. She’s been posting some great photos from her travels to Instagram and Twitter.


I don’t remember this as part of the city budget deliberations, but earlier this week Councillor Shad Qadri announced that the Goulbourn Rec Centre would be waiving (ha ha) the extra $1.25 fee to use the water slide.



…plus one pic from Instagram…


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PHOTOS: GRC gym renamed after Erica Wiebe

Erica Wiebe dropped into town Tuesday for the christening of the “Erica Wiebe Gym” in the Goulbourne Recreation Complex.

The renaming was proposed in August by Councillor Shad Qadri after Wiebe took gold in wrestling during the 2016 Rio Olympics. It received unanimous approval from council.

“It’s incredible, it’s so surreal,” said Wiebe. “It just seems like yesterday I was in Rio, on the mats, having the best day of my life and then today to have a gymnasium named after me in my community, it’s an honour.” Continue reading


GRC pool closed from August 29-September 19 for maintenance

(via Councillor Shad Qadri / City of Ottawa)

The Goulbourn Recreation Complex and Richcraft Recreation Complex swimming pools will be closed from August 29th-September 19th/18th due to annual maintenance.

The complexes have requirements to remain open from mid September until the end of June due to demand and the City tries to avoid closures for aquatic operations during the summer period as much as possible. Facility closure decisions are not arbitrary, but a result of analysis of program registration statistics and other user requirements.

Residents are encouraged to review the city’s public swimming schedules web page which identifies the current pool closures and provides a search option for pool schedules here.

For an alternative option, the Kanata Leisure Centre had its annual maintenance closure for 2016 in March/April and is currently open for all programs and services. Please note that fall schedules will be changing in September; updated schedules will also be available at the link above.


GRC gym to be named after Erica Wiebe

Just one week after she won Olympic gold in Rio, hundreds of residents – many of them kids – packed the gymnasium at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex on Thursday evening to welcome Erica Wiebe back home to Stittsville.

Wiebe led the crowd in O Canada, signed autographs, posed for pictures, and encouraged everyone – young and old – to follow their passions.

Councillor Shad Qadri also announced that the gym would be re-named in honour of the wrestler.

Here are some tweets and photos from tonight’s event. Continue reading


Goulbourn Seahawks set records, win medals at Belleville swim meet

(PHOTO: The Goulbourn Seahawks at a meet last December in Gatineau. “I love the picture because it shows how swimming builds strength and confidence in our kids,” says parent Andrea Gregoire.)

The Goulbourn Seahawks returned home from the Eastern Ontario Regional Championships in Belleville last weekend after setting records and winning medals in the pool.

The 33 Goulbourn swimmers who competed brought home 22 medals, 2 festival qualifiers and set 13 club records.  (See below for a full list.)

The club is finally back in their home pool at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex after being forced out due to pool repairs. .

“For the first year, we borrowed pool time from other clubs. We drove to Perth on Saturday morning for 6:00am which usually meant leaving before 5:00am! We also went to Brewer Pool and to Carleton Place,” says club president Andrea Gregoire, who has a 15-year-old daughter on the team.

“The swim program suffered and we ended up losing kids and cancelling some of our programs. The kids who kept swimming were competing against kids who had a lot more pool time.  Swimming is all about volume, which is why the kids often train twice a day,” she said.

Training became a bit easier with the opening of the Richcraft pool in Kanata North, and the team also found some time at the new Minto Recreation Centre in Barrhaven.

“For most families it (the GRC closure) meant much earlier mornings. For our family, we had a car pool but the kids were up around 4:30am to get to practice. We still do some of our training out of Richcraft as some of our families live in Kanata,” says Gregoire.

The Seahawks have over 120 swimmers between the ages of 9 and 17.  The senior swimmers train for about 18 hours a week.

“There are not too many other sports that require this much dedication and hard training,” says Gregoire.

Click here for more info about the Seahawks.

Goulbourn Seahawks results from the Eastern Ontario Regional Championships.

Medalists: 22 Medals

  • Nic Ferland –  6 Medals; 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • Aidan Gunning – 4 Medals; 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • Melissa Delfino – 2 Medals; 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
  • Julien Vivas-Moncada – 2 Medals, Bronze
  • Mens 15&O Relay – 1 Medal, Silver
  • Kendrick Cooke – 1 Medal, Bronze
  • Morgan Green – 1 Medal, Bronze
  • Aaron Blais – 1 Medal, Silver
  • Alex Millar – 1 Medal, Silver
  • Logan Moffitt – 1 Medal, Silver
  • Allen Zheng – 1 Medal, Silver

Qualifiers: 2 Festival Qualifiers

  •  Congratulations to Emily Parsons (50 fr) and Aidan Gunning (200 br) for qualifying for Festivals!

Club Records: 13 New Club Records

  • Melissa Delfino: 13-14 100 Free, 800 free, 1500 Free
  • Katie MacAskill: 17& Over 200 Breast, 800 Free, 1500 Free
  • Aidan Gunning: 11-12 200 Breast
  • Logan Moffitt: 13-14 800 Free
  • Harrison Clooney: 15-16 400IM
  • Abby Moffitt: 13-14 50 Back
  • Nic Ferland: 17& Over 50, 100, 200 Breast (Perth)


City staff uncovered GRC pool problems back in 2002

(Photo: The GRC pool under repair in May 2015.)

A former Goulbourn councillor says an out-of-court settlement made a decade ago means we may never know who’s really responsible for problems with the GRC pool.

“Settling out of court provides a form of cover from scrutiny, does it not, for whoever screwed this up and/or maybe supplied defective materials, design, supervision, or duty of care teamwork and/or workmanship?” wrote Mike Bryan in an email to StittsvilleCentral.ca. Continue reading


City staff won’t pursue legal action for GRC repairs

(ABOVE: The GRC pool under renovation in May 2015.)

City legal staff won’t be pursuing legal action to recoup the $4-million spent to fix structural deficiencies at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

The pool facility was closed from October 2013 to June 2015 for major renovations after workers found mould, leaks and rust in the structure. Councillor Shad Qadri had asked the city’s legal staff to look into the possibility of legal action to recoup some of the funds.  Continue reading


Canada’s national sledge hockey team on the ice at GRC

(via Hockey Canada)

Canada’s National Sledge Team was on the ice at the Goulbourn Rec Centre this week, running on-ice clinics with players from Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario (SHEO).

Players and coaches from the national team ran clinics for about 20 players ranging from five years old to more than 30. The night also included off-ice activities, including autograph sessions and informal chats between Team Canada and the SHEO players.

“It was fun for the players to have a chance to share our experiences with sledge hockey, and pass on our knowledge of the sport to newer players,” said Adam Dixon, a defenceman on the national team.  “Our team really enjoys spending time with sledge players at the grassroots level. We understand that they are an important piece of the future of our sport.”

“It was a great experience for our team to take advantage of an opportunity to give back to the community, and help grow sledge hockey in the Ottawa area. We hope to take advantage of similar opportunites in the future,” said Ken Babey, the team’s, head coach.

Canada’s National Sledge Team was on the ice for two hours with some players from Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario. Photo by James Emery, Hockey Canada Images.
Photo by James Emery, Hockey Canada Images.
Canada’s National Sledge Team was on the ice for two hours with some players from Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario. Photo by James Emery, Hockey Canada Images.
Photo by James Emery, Hockey Canada Images.


PHOTO: Halloween spirit knows no limit

Pictured above is the spirited Freedom 55 fitness class at the Goulbourn Rec Centre.  Over 30 participants were all decked out for Halloween at today’s Friday class.  Instructor Patti Dalby is in the front row with the witch hat. The group works out together three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Jason Tudor-Roberts, the athletics program coordinator at the GRC, says that the group is important as both a fitness and social program for the participants.



NOTEBOOK: GRC pool legal action, Carp River work, community safety, more

Updates on stories we’ve been watching over the past few weeks…

The GRC pool re-opened in June after extensive repairs to fix structural deficiencies.  We were wondering about the status of potential legal action by the City to recoup the repair costs.  Here’s a response, from an email attributed to City Solicitor Rick O’Connor:

“In accordance with the request made by the Ward Councillor that Legal Services report back to the Finance and Economic Development Committee on potential legal action involving the remediation of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, the City Clerk and Solicitor has engaged an external legal review and it is anticipated that the results of that review will be presented to the Committee as part of the semi-annual Comprehensive Legal Services Report for the June 2015-December 2015 period, in early 2016.”
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City fitness facilities offer free trial passes next week

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

The City of Ottawa is offering free Try It! passes for City fitness centres and various group exercise classes from September 21 to 27. Try before you buy and discover a new and healthier you. The free passes can be used for aquafitness, cycling and group fitness classes or access to City fitness centres.

This is the perfect opportunity to check out participating fitness facilities or try a Bootcamp, Zumba® or yoga class. Our affordable prices and convenient locations throughout the city make it easy to adopt a healthy lifestyle, stay active and get fit.

Give it a try. Visit one of these facilities in Stittsville and Kanata to set up a free membership access card:

  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex
  • Kanata Leisure Centre
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex – Kanata

For more information, visit ottawa.ca.


Part of GRC closed for maintenance August 29-September 6

(Above: File photo by Barry Gray.)

Part of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (GRC) will be closed for annual maintenance from Saturday, August 29 to Sunday, September 6.

The “dry land” area will be closed, including the middle foyer, halls, gyms, cardio and fitness room as well as the fitness change rooms.

The GRC will be operating on a holdiay schedule for Labour Day Monday, September 7 from 7:00am-4:00pm, then will resume regular schedule on Tuesday, September 8.



Summer swim registration begins for Goulbourn Recreation Complex pool

UPDATE (June 11): In an updated provided to the Stittsville Vallage AssociationShad Qadri said the swimming pool at Goulbourn Rec Centre will open for public swimming June 29, and for swimming lessons on July 4. They’ll be an official re-opening event on July 4 as well.


The City of Ottawa is advertising summer swimming classes on their web site at the Goulbourn Recreation Pool, starting July 4.  That puts the pool roughly on track for the late June completion of construction that was promised last fall.

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