3rd Annual Bike Rodeo – May 28

2016 Bike Rodeo Website Image

Don’t miss all the fun, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on May 28 at Fisher Heights Park (31 Sutton), at our 3rd annual celebration of cycling. This is an event for everyone in the family:

bike rodeoKids:  Test your skill and knowledge at our Bike Rodeo – have you ever tried a “slow race”??  The fun continues with a Decorated Bike parade! Get your bike tuned-up for free!  There will be free bike lights and more (while supplies last), but only for those who have their bike with them. Don’t forget to wear your helmet.

Adults:  For sure, bring your kids, but bring your own bike for a free minor tune-up. And, meet the neighbours and find out about cycling to work, the best cycling routes around the neighbourhood, or hear other people’s experiences on bike vacations.

bike rodeoEveryone:  Try out unusual bikes – cargo bikes, tandem bikes, and adult trikes. We’ll end the afternoon with a family-friendly cycle tour through the neighbourhood, intended for children who are too young to cycle distances by themselves… accompanied by their parents.

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Splash Pad Coming to Inverness Park

Kids and parents will be happy to hear this news: Councillor Keith Egli says he is confident that a new splash pad will be installed this summer in Inverness Park!

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Proposed splash pad layout

Although the structure will be smaller than those found in some larger city parks, it is a most welcome addition to the area. For those who are unfamiliar, Inverness Park is located on the south side of Meadowlands Drive at Inverness Drive, making access from our community quite easy at the traffic light there.

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Inverness Park Schematic Diagram

Councillor Egli notes that an installation like this is expensive, due to all the infrastructure required. It is being funded from the “cash-in-lieu-of-parkland” fund which results from new building such as the infill homes now becoming common in this part of the city. The Councillor hopes to obtain some funding as well from the Minto Foundation.Splash Pad 2

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Long Park Tennis Offers Wednesday Night Lessons


Parents and grandparents, treat the children and grandchildren in your life to the game of tennis and learn to play yourself so you can hit with them. It’s a great way to enjoy a summer evening.

Long-time tennis coach Sean Fowler will give beginner lessons to juniors and adults on Wednesday nights starting May 25th. Classes for those aged 8 to 14 will run from 6PM to 7PM. Adult lessons will follow from 7:15PM to 8:15PM. A package of five sessions costs $55. Sean will also run intermediate classes at the club if there is enough interest.

Long Park will also be offering two weeks of summer camps this year for children aged 5 to 7 and 8 to 12. Camps will run from July 25-29 and August 2-5.


Dates: Wednesday, May 25th Wednesday, June 26
Times: Juniors (aged 8 to 14) from 6-7PM. Adults from 7:15-8:15PM
Where: Long Park Tennis Club, 1170 Deer Park Road at the corner of Meadowlands and Deer Park Road
How much: $55 for a package of five lessons


Half-Day: 9AM-noon
Cost: $98/week

Full-day: 9AM-4PM
Cost: $197/week

Find out more about Sean at his website seancoaching.com.

To sign up, contact Cheryl at cclarke002@sympatico.ca or (613) 226-2369.

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Little Lending Library on Trillium Ave

by Peter Macnaughton

IMG_7095A Little Lending Library has appeared on Trillium Avenue with the invitation to “Take a Book – Leave a Book” on the front. Over 40 books are housed inside a sturdy weatherproof house for people in the neighbourhood to borrow, and space to add books that you have read and would like to pass on. A page affixed on the inside of the door explains the concept and how the library is intended to work. This marvelous idea was implemented by Linda and Don Flynn on whose property the box is located (27 Trillium).

I would like to thank both of them for setting up this local library in our neighbourhood. Bring a book you’ve enjoyed and come and explore.

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Spring Parks Cleanup Saturday, May 7 (All Parks)

park clean-up

Now that we have all come out of winter hibernation, it is once again time to meet our old and new neighbours. this coming Saturday, May 7th, The Annual spring Clean-up of our six parks takes place. Bring your work gloves, rake, and family members and join us at your nearest park at 9:30AM for a couple of hours. Following your efforts, come over to Community Place at 31 Sutton Place (Fisher Heights Park) at 11:30AM for a well deserved BBQ. We look forward to meeting you.

In order for the clean-up to run smoothly, we have park captains to direct the volunteers at the various parks. In particular, we need a captain for Steve MacLean Park. If you can help with this, please contact Lyn McCaw at Lyn.FHACA@bell.net or 613-224-1682. See you Saturday!

See below for a full listing of where our parks are located:

FHACA Parks Map
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What About Photo Radar?

This Wednesdayphoto radar, May 4, the Transportation Committee of City Council will consider whether photo radar should come to Ottawa’s streets.  This has been a controversial topic, with some people suggesting it is “just a cash grab” by government, and others expressing concern that it represents an invasion of privacy.  Yet, Ottawa already has a type of photo radar, in the form of red-light cameras at dangerous intersections, and there seems to be very little controversy about them.

The FHACA Board considers that photo radar would, in principle, be a valuable contribution to safer streets in and around our community.  Many local residents have expressed concern over speeding cars on our streets.  Speeding raises the danger level for pedestrians, cyclists, and in fact for everyone, particularly on those local streets that do not have sidewalks, and the many spots that lack proper lighting at night.  Judicious placement of photo radar, in locations with documented high levels of speeding or other safety concerns, could reduce collisions and help save lives.  If revenues from fines were directed specifically at implementing more traffic calming and safety-related measures,  concerns about a cash grab could be alleviated, especially if the program contributes more broadly to a change in society’s attitude toward speeding.

Your views on this subject could make a difference.  If you want to express your view, click on ‘Leave a comment‘ at the bottom of this post, or go to safestreetsottawa.ca and sign a petition to City Council that appears there.  Or, send an email directly to our City Councillor, Keith Egli, at:  ward9@ottawa.ca .

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Community Rummage Sale Sat. April 23

Community Rummage Sale

The 2016 Indoor Rummage Sale will take place on Saturday, April 23rd at 9AM – noon, at the Community Building, 31 Sutton Place. Get an early start on Spring cleaning by selling your stuff. The Association will promote and advertise this event throughout the City. Coffee and treats will be available for purchase.

Rent one or two six foot tables for $12.00 each and do your own selling. To reserve a table please mail your cheque, payable to FHACA to our mailbox at 31 Sutton Place, Ottawa K2E 5G4 and remember to include your name, address, email address and telephone number.

Or drop the above information with a cheque or cash into the house mailbox of Margaret McPherson at 13 Eleanor Drive.

No tables will be reserved without payment.  When your payment is received you will be contacted by phone or email to confirm your registration. Nearer to the date of the sale you will receive your table number and instructions.

Please note that table spaces were sold early last year, so don’t wait too long to reserve. For further information call Margaret at 613-723-0169.

Not Enough for you own table? The Association will have a “Community table” with proceeds going to the Community Association. If you only have a few items to sell, please consider donating them to this table. Contact Bob McCaw at 613-224-1682 or Bob.FHACA@bell.net.

 Student Volunteers needed for Rummage Sale

High School students needing volunteer hours can help out at the Rummage Sale on April 23rd from 7:45AM – 8:45AM to help sellers set up and from noon until 1 p.m. to help with clean up.   Please contact Margaret McPherson at 613-723-0169 or email
Bob.FHACA @bell.net. Students should bring the necessary forms for completion on the day of the sale.

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