Family Fun at Steve MacLean Park + Opening Playground

Celebration of the New Playground +
Games, Treats & Prizes

SUNDAY, September 22 – 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

And this is only one of the several new additions to the playground!

– Opening ceremonies and cake-cutting
– Meet astronaut Steve MacLean, who grew up in our neighbourhood!
– “Outer-space” activities and games, as well as old-fashioned races
– FREE treats, drinks, and prizes
– All-new playground equipment with a space theme!
– Try the re-built basketball court

Enter the park from Deer Park at Higwood, or from the south end of Millbrook.

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Ottawa West-Nepean Federal Candidates’ Forum – September 26 2019

Come out to hear a discussion with federal candidates led by moderator Joanne Chianello, CBC Ottawa journalist:


Abdul Abdi – Conservative Party
Angella MacEwen – NDP
Anita Vandenbeld – Liberal Party
Dave Stibbe – Green Party
Sean Mulligan – Christian Heritage Party
Serguei Guevorkian – Peoples Party

Please Note: No political campaign signs, t-shirts, hats, buttons or other memorabilia permitted in The Chambers.

Organized by Bel-Air Community Association in partnership with:

Carlington Community Association
Carlingwood Community Association
Centrepointe Community Association
City View Community Association
Crestview Meadowlands Community Alliance
Fisher Heights & Area Community Association
Glabar Park Community Association
Kenson Park Community Association
Whitehaven Community Association


Thursday, September 26, 2019
Discussion 6:50 pm to 9:00 p.m.
Attendees should be seated by 6:50 p.m.
The Chambers, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive


Twitter: @BelAirCommAssoc

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Official reopening Steve MacLean Park in Fisher Heights on September 22


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Please join Mayor Jim Watson, Knoxdale-Merivale Councillor Keith Egli and Steve MacLean, Ottawa-born astronaut and former president of the Canadian Space Agency, for the reopening of Steve MacLean Park.

Date: Sunday, September 22
Time: 11:30 am
Place: 1190 Deer Park Road, near the new play structure

RSVP by Thursday, September 19 to or 613-580-2424 ext. 25171


Vous êtes cordialement invités à la cérémonie de réouverture du parc Steve-MacLean, qui se déroulera en la présence du maire Jim Watson, de Keith Egli, conseiller de Knoxdale-Merivale, et de Steve MacLean, astronaute natif d’Ottawa et ancien président de l’Agence spatiale canadienne.

Date : Dimanche 22 septembre
Heure : 11 h 30
Lieu : 1190, chemin Deer Park, près des nouvelles structures de jeu

Merci de confirmer votre présence d’ici le jeudi 19 septembre en écrivant à ou en composant le 613‑580‑2424, poste 25171

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Federal Candidates Meeting – Ottawa West Nepean

Location: Dr FJ McDonald Catholic School (2860 Ahearn Ave)

Date: October 10th

Time: 7pm-9pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm

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Update on Islamic School building

There has been no construction activity at the Islamic School for the past two years.  The School evidently embarked on this major expansion in 2014 without having all the required funds in hand.  Fundraising efforts have faltered over the past three years, slowly bringing construction to a standstill.  We are told that the total cost of the project is about $3.5 million, and the school still needs to raise about $2 million to complete it.  The result is the half-completed eyesore on Sutton Place. 

One of the apparent stumbling blocks to the school’s fundraising was the dispute between the school and the City over development charges.  However, as we reported in the April issue of this newsletter, that issue was resolved last spring by mediation.  We understand that the City reduced the charges to about 40% of the original amount, and the school agreed to pay the City about $13,000 a year for 10 years to settle the bill. 

The only work that has taken place around the construction site in the past 18 months is first, a general clean-up of the site, and second, planting of trees along the boulevard on Sutton.  All of this is the result of pressure on the school and the City by FHACA, with the support of our City Councillor, Keith Egli.  Now, with FHACA’s Annual General Meeting coming up, Councillor Egli has written to the School asking them to provide him (before Sept. 30) with a plan of what construction progress they will make over the coming 12 months.  Meanwhile, both FHACA and city staff have urged the School to put top priority on completing the exterior facade.

Plan to attend the AGM on Monday Sept. 30, to hear what progress is being made on this issue.

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Tennis Club – Membership Update

Half-price membership fees for Long Park Tennis Club are now in effect until the end of October (weather permitting):

-Family (parents and children under 18): $40        

-Single: $29        

-Student (enrolled at university or college): $25       

-Junior (under the age of 18): $16

  Gate key is $15 or return last year’s key for a new one free.

Members have access to courts from dawn to dusk. The club is located at the corner of Meadowlands and Deer Park Road (1170 Deer Park Road). Contact Cheryl for more information ( or 613-226-2369).

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Ready for Rail Info Session

From: Office of Councillor Keith Egli

Just a friendly reminder of the upcoming Ready for Rail Information Session on Monday, August 26 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Alexander Community Centre. (960 Silver St, Ottawa, ON K1Z 6H5)

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