Bike Rodeo this Saturday, 1 – 3pm!


Don’t miss all the fun, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on May 23 at Fisher Heights Park (31 Sutton), at our 2nd annual celebration of cycling. This is an event for everyone in the family:

Kids:  Test your skill and knowledge at our Bike Rodeo – have you ever tried a “slow race”??  The fun continues with a Decorated Bike parade – prizes!! 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.

Everyone:  Try out unusual bikes – cargo bikes, tandem bikes, adult trikes… and have you ever heard of a bicycle that makes smoothies ??  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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Retrofitting Suburbia

Shane Francescut:

A very relevant article written by neighbourhood resident Hans Moor on the possibilities of future redevelopment in our area, and more specifically, the Merivale Rd corridor.

Originally posted on Urban Commuter - Bike Ottawa Blog:

This is the updated version, the Ottawa library has an older version (2007-ish or so), but just as good. This is the updated version, the Ottawa library has an older version (2007-ish or so), but just as good.

One of the books I have been reading lately is “Retrofitting Suburbia”. Authors Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson are making the case for urban design solutions for older office areas and the large aging (and already dead) shopping malls from the 50’s and 60’s (and the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s eventually).

Changing demographics

The authors promote retrofitting those old malls and edge cities to urban cores, in order to reduce VMT (Vehicle Miles Travelled). The authors believe that creating an attractive walkable area, with cars being pushed to perimeter, will create more attractive places in the burbs for people to go to. Innovative thinkers who see the writing on the wall know that the old style mall is doomed, due to changing demographics, a creative class that wants to live in…

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Parks Are Clean… Play On Neighbours!

Our Local Parks Are Clean & Ready For Use

A huge heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who volunteered their time this past weekend to help clean up our neighbourhood parks. The tiny park-goers, and your Association Board are very appreciative of your continued support.

park clean-up

Neighbours turned out by the dozens to rake leaves, pick up garbage and collect sticks on Saturday at our five parks. Long time resident and Board member, Lyn McCaw who is tasked with organizing the annual event, worked tirelessly to recruit volunteers; organize park captains; and round up supplies to bag and dispose the trash. Her love for this neighbourhood is clear as she continues to make park safety and neighbourhood cleanliness a priority in her volunteer work.

Of our five major parks, Parthia Park was in the most need of attention coming out of the winter, largely because of the seventeen trees it lost as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer park clean-upBeetle. City staff cleared the trees this winter leaving a see of stumps and broken branches behind to be cleaned  up by volunteers. The city plans to replace the lost trees, but the time frame for when this may happen is unclear at this time. ON a positive note, when speaking with Councillor Egli about the city’s tree rejuvenation plans, he said for every tree that is removed the city will plant two in it’s place. He also notes that the city has learned from this experience and will plant five different varieties of trees so this type of destruction doesn’t happen again.

It was so nice to see people of all ages chipping in to help. At one park, an eighty-five year old neighbour raked leaves alongside a three year old neighbour picking up sticks. After the clean-up, volunteers gathered at Fisher Heights Community Centre (31 Sutton Place) for a free barbecue and to recharge after a morning of hard work. We hope to see all of you again next year.

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Parks Clean-Up This Saturday, May 9

parks clean-up

Reminder that our annual parks clean-up takes place this Saturday, May 9! Please join your neighbours and visit your nearest park within our community to give it a little TLC.

Clean up begins at 9:30am and ends with a free barbecue at 11:30am at Fisher Park (31 Sutton Place).

We hope to see you there!

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Eleanor Park Meteor Climber Has Landed!

eleanor park climberThe new climbing structure at Eleanor Park is in place and ready for the start of park season… almost. Dubbed “The Meteor”, the climber was installed in early spring, but is still waiting for the groundwork to be laid underneath. That hasn’t stopped the neighbourhood kids from testing it out though, and the spring weather we’ve been having has quickly made our six parks the place to be. So, get out there and enjoy our parks this summer!

Also, a friendly reminder to join us for our annual Parks Clean-Up that will take place on Saturday, May 9 beginning at 9:30am and ending at Fisher Heights Park with a free barbecue at 11:30am. Stay tuned for more details on this.

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Great Day at the Community Rummage Sale

If you missed the event this weekend, you missed a good one! This past weekend at Fisher Heights Community Centre was the place to buy and sell, and meet your neighbours in the community during the 2015 instalment of the Community Rummage Sale.

2015 community rummage sale

The tables were stocked and the money flowed like wine at an Italian wedding as the community flocked to 31 Sutton Place to capitalize on some great finds – including books, children’s clothing, home accents, and Halloween costumes for $1… yes, $1!

Thank you to everyone who visited and participated on Saturday! And don’t be too sad if you were not able to attend, because you’ll get your chance early in the summer at our Community Garage Sale on Saturday, June 13… see you then!

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Rummage Sale This Saturday!

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