COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

(The Bradley Commons Park, with a prominent farm theme, opened on July 29, 2021. Photo: Councillor Glen Gower)

Councillor Gower was on vacation last week and wanted to ensure that on his return the community is updated with this jam-packed list of information to keep Stittsville residents aware of community happenings and issues.

Opening of Bradley Commons Park
Just before the long weekend on July 29, the new Bradley Commons Park opened to residents. It was so great to see kids exploring the park that evening for the very first time. There’s a basketball court, splash pad, picnic shelter, and a play structure with a farm theme including a tractor that kids can climb on. It’s a great addition to the community and hope your family gets a chance to check it out soon. It’s located on Cranesbill Road near Triangle Street in the Abbottsville Crossing neighbourhood. (The adjacent field will also be home to Stittsville’s first cricket pitch…coming next summer!)

Commemorative naming
Later this fall, three parks in Stittsville will most likely have a new name. The City is conducting public consultations on proposals to commemoratively rename parks across the City. In Stittsville, there are three parks considered for commemorative naming: Bradley Commons Park (to Bradley-Craig Park); Atlas Park (to Bob Mills Park); and the new trailhead on Stittsville Main Street (to Bradley Square). Read more…

Development update
The City has received a Site Plan Control application from Richcraft for 620 Bobolink Ridge, located along the west side of Robert Grant in the CRT Westwood subdivision between Bobolink Ridge and Cope Drive. Richcraft wants to build seven four-storey stacked townhomes with 12 units each (84 total new homes). We’re hosting an information meeting on Wednesday, August 18, at 6:00 pm. More info…

The City’s Transportation Planning department has started the Environmental Assessment (EA) study phase for the widening of Huntmar Drive (Campeau Drive to Maple Grove Road) and the extension of Stittsville Main Street (Maple Grove Road to Robert Grant Avenue). It’s an important step towards new transportation investments in our community. Read more…

demolition permit has been issued for the building at 1498 Stittsville Main Street, the future location for Dunrobin Distilleries. No word yet on their plans for the site but we’ll update the community once we have more info. A demolition permit has also been issued for 1849 Maple Grove Road for removal of a vacant house. The land is part of a future Mattamy housing development. (The stone houses on the site are being renovated and restored for future use in the development.)

The City has engaged over 100,000 residents through over 130 engagement activities during each phase of development for the New Official Plan, a document that will guide the growth and development of Ottawa over the next 25 years. Revised chapters of the draft New Official Plan are now available to review. Read more…

Construction and road work
Palladium Drive will be closed between the Automall and the Queensway from August 23 to September 23
, for construction of a new roundabout for the future Robert Grant Avenue. Detour signage will be in place and local businesses will receive a formal notification next week.

Rouncey Road will be closed from Danzig Terrace to Condado Crescent from August 23-27 to repair the sanitary sewer. Access will be maintained for local residents, and neighbours will receive more information in the mailbox next week.

Traffic safety
The Parachute Program has awarded St. Stephen School with $10,000 for traffic calming and safety measures. Founded in 2012, Parachute is a National Charity dedicated to injury prevention. The money will help fund a number of measures on streets near the school in Jackson Trails. More info…

OC Transpo changes
Starting in September, six OC Transpo bus stops in Stittsville will be upgraded to meet modern design standards (three with shelters) and routes 167 and 252 will be rerouted to take advantage of some newly built roads in the Fernbank area. More info…

Stormwater maintenance
Mattamy Homes, in coordination with City of Ottawa stormwater facilities staff, is cleaning out the Vic Whittaker Pond in the Blackstone neighbourhood. The work is expected to last up to eight weeks, and includes removing accumulated sediment in the pond along with replacing some of the rip-rap (stones) along the shoreline. The sediment will be placed in storage areas, and then removed once it has dried — this may create temporary odor. More info…

COVID-19 vaccine update – Mobile Vaccinations
Workplaces, community organizations, places of worship and other groups can now request a mobile vaccination team to administer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on-site, at their own location. This program is intended to help reduce barriers for residents who have not yet received the vaccine by working with community leaders to provide comfortable, convenient and easily accessible options for vaccination. This is another initiative to help get vaccines into the arms of everyone who is eligible to receive them. Complete the mobile vaccine clinic request form at ottawapublichealth.ca or call 613-691-5505.

Small business support
Have you spent money getting your business ready to welcome visitors now that restrictions are beginning to lift in order to adapt to COVID protocols and safety? You may be eligible to receive 80% reimbursement of that money through Ottawa Tourism’s Tourism Relief and Investment Programwhich provides up to $20,000 in non-repayable grant funding. The program will be in place until funds run out, so while there isn’t a deadline, there is some urgency to apply before funds are depleted. Funds are available to cover expenses from June 1, 2020 through to December 31, 2021.

Recreation registration
More in-person recreation and arts programming will be running this fall at City facilities. Browse the fall 2021 recreation and culture eGuides for COVID-modified activities being offered at select City facilities. Aquatics registration starts on Monday, August 16 at 9 pm and registration for all other recreation, arts and special interest offerings starts on Wednesday, August 18 at 9 pm – including new virtual programs.

Get in touch!
My team and I are working every day to answer your questions and connect residents with the resources they need. If we can help in any way, please email me at glen.gower@ottawa.ca or leave a voicemail at 613-580-2476. 


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