Nepean Hotspurs Recreational Boys and Girls Soccer 2022

Come play soccer this summer with Nepean Hotspurs’ LKP Program.

Our U13 and U14 age groups for boys and girls are hoping to include some more keen players for our 12 week play and train program beginning May 30th.

Further details can be found at nepeanhotspurs.ca/youth-summer-rec-13-14/ or by emailing club Technical Director, Fawn Mulholland: td@nepeanhotspurs.ca

We hope to see you there!

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Nepean Horticultural Society presents…

Register for the Zoom event at wilsonjohns@rogers.com

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Hydro Ottawa pole replacement information session

The Fisher Avenue Pole Replacement project is being completed as an essential requirement to revitalize the aging assets necessary to maintain the electricity capacity that provides power to the River and Knoxdale-Merivale wards. Over the next few years, there will be an increased Hydro Ottawa construction presence in the general area as part of a larger infrastructure renewal project in your area. sign up at the link below:

Read more here: https://hydroottawa.com/en/community/planned-work-projects/information-sessions/fisher-avenue-pole-replacement-project

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Open house 1509 Merivale Road mid rise proposal – February 24, 2022

The mall that’s gonna go (pink roof building)

As you are likely aware, the Ottawa official plan has been approved by City council. It is now on the (provincial) Minister’s desk and community organisations are approaching the minsite with further changes. The plans means that over the next decades we will likely see changes starting to happen in our neighbourhoods such as infill and a bus corridor, more highrises (and way more traffic).

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Fisher Heights & Area

About

The communities of Fisher Heights, Orchard Park, Parkwood Hills North and Skyline in Central Ottawa are located just to the south of the western end of the Central Experimental Farm. We are bordered by Merivale Road, Baseline Road, Fisher Avenue, and Meadowlands Drive.

Farmland just two to three generations ago, we are now home to more than 6,000 people living in almost 2,500 dwellings. If you’re interested in a more detailed portrait of our area, the City of Ottawa did a comprehensive study on the neighbourhood.

Green neighbourhoods

Built mostly in the 1950-1970’s, it’s a beautiful area filled with quiet residential streets, well-cared for detached and semi detached bungalows and two story homes, town homes and apartment buildings, and small parks and playgrounds tucked in peacefully between the busy shopping plazas of Merivale Road and the bus routes and major arteries that can quickly get you downtown or out of town.

In transition

Recently, some of the older houses are being removed and replaced by new larger homes as the neighbourhood is in demand; it is only about six kilometers from popular but now unaffordable areas for most starters who move to their next home. We are close to neighbourhoods such as Civic Hospital, Glebe, Hintonburg and Old Ottawa South and about 8-9 kilometers from downtown.

Sustainable Transportation

Cycling

Ottawa’s cycling network is easily accessible: The Nepean Trail goes right through the neighbourhood and the NCC pathways on the Experimental Farm and along the historic UNESCO heritage site Rideau Canal and the Rideau river. We are a stone’s throw away as are the impressive Hog’s Back Falls.

Baseline Ave is set to add a rapid bus corridor connecting to the LRT system. The corridor will also see separate cycling infrastructure and safe protected Dutch style intersections. Downtown can be reached by bicycle, in under 30 minutes, via the Central Experimental Farm and/or the Arboretum pathways and the Trillium pathways, connecting to the Ottawa River pathways and ultimately Gatineau Park.

Public Transit

Several high frequency buses serve the community from arterials such as Meadowlands, Merivale, Baseline and Fisher. The city intends to rebuild Baseline with a separate bus corridor, running all the way from the Queensway Carleton Hospital, passing Algonquin transit station as well as Algonquin College and then continue to Heron Road. A 5 km bus ride from Fisher and Baseline to the Tunneys LRT station is about 12-15 minutes. A bike ride is only slightly slower though (20 minutes). OCTranspo allows bicycles on the LRT at all times; the buses have bike racks during spring, summer and fall.

Walking

Walking becomes increasingly popular. As the city is replacing our 70 year old sewers, more and more streets are rebuilt with at least a side walk on one side of the street. Thanks to a somewhat intricate lay out of the neighbourhood, there is not too much fast traffic. the city is adding speed bumps on the busier roads.

Residents of the community are represented by the Fisher Heights & Area Community Association (FHACA).

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Karen Gordon receives 2021 Ward 9 Volunteer Award

This week, Fisher Heights resident Karen Gordon received a Ward 9 volunteer award from councillor Egli. The award ceremony took place at the Free Methodist Church in Arlington Woods, which was hit by a tornado 2 years ago. Their brand new multi functional room, which can even be used as a basketball court, was partly built with wood from trees that were felled by the storm, according to councillor Egli, who remembered the community spirit after the Tornado hit.

Ms. Gordon received her award after Fisher Heights resident Mary-Martha Hale suggested the Fisher Heights resident to the ward councillor for organising Monday evening yoga for many years, delivering the Fisher Heights & Area Community Association’s newsletter and helping in cleaning up the park.

At the award ceremony, Ms. Gordon told us that she has recently become a birder too, and feeds her bird sightings into an app called e-bird. Just last week she spotted a Red Eyed Verio in Fisher Heights, which had never been spotted in Ottawa so late in the year. (Ms. Gordon fears it maybe too weak to leave the Nation’s Capital in time for warmer spots).

In other years, there are snacks and drinks for everyone, but the councillor’s office decided this year to forgo the catering. Instead, Frank’s catering made lovely baskets full of goodies, including his world-famous-in-Ward-9 buttertarts.

The volunteers also received a piece of handmade pottery from local artist Feat in Clay Carol Badenoch. All her creations are lead-free and safe for oven, microwave and dishwasher.

Fun fact: did you know that the church in Arlington Woods in our ward on McCLellan Rd is just as far from our community centre in Fisher Heights as the Canadian Museum of Nature in downtown Ottawa or the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau? It is a biiiiiiig ward.

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Long Park Tennis Club has excellent year

Tennis is dear to his heart

Membership and interest were up significantly this year at Long Park Tennis Club. Whether it was due to COVID-19 or the magic generated by some of our young Canadian stars at the U.S. Open is anyone’s guess.

The club was able to put stringent  COVID-19 protocols in place and open in June, but neither the late start nor the protocols dampened community enthusiasm for the sport. 

Pro Jeff Sadrian was on hand for his second year to give lessons and help members from age 3 to 65 to tune up their game. He will return to the club next season.

The club will reopen for the 2022 season in April. It is located near the corner of Meadowlands and Deer Park Road (1170 Deer Park Road). Anyone wishing to be notified for next season’s news and opening dates, please email cclarke002@sympatico.ca.

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Gilbey, Parthia parks to get early upgrade

Enjoy the freshly cut grass at Gilbey Park from the comfort of a park bench

The play structures in two neighbourhood parks will be replaced earlier than otherwise scheduled thanks to a federal infrastructure grant announced in the spring of 2021. 

According to Dan Chenier (Dan.Chenier@ottawa.ca), the city’s general manager, Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services: Work in Gilbey Park is valued at $161,000 and includes replacement of the junior and senior play structures and play equipment, and an accessible pathway.  This is scheduled for 2023.   Very similar work in Parthia Park is valued at $160,000 to replace the junior play structure, and an accessible pathway.  This is scheduled for 2024.   

Chenier said this funding was received as a result of a 2019 application.  The parks were selected “based on bundling top-priority parks from every ward” – namely, where the parks ranked in the city’s “lifecycle replacement program” to renew aging play structures. This grant “only applies to renewing the active play elements in the park.” Funding and projects are spread over four years, from 2021 to 2024.

The top priority of your association board for play-structure updating has been Fisher Heights Park, which has been showing its age for some years. Your board has understood that this park is at the top of the replacement program priorities and presumably it was not selected for the federal grants because the city already plans to update it before or in 2023. But that could not be confirmed before deadline.

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Road reconstruction nears end, on schedule

Nothing beats the fresh smell of a new layer of asphalt!

The major reconstruction this year of several streets in the community is on schedule and has faced no unforeseen issues, writes the city’s supervising engineer, Kevin Gibbs (Kevin.Gibbs@ottawa.ca). “The project is currently on track to meet the project timelines,” he writes. “We do not anticipate any major unforeseen problems at this time.”

The work involved replacing 50-plus-year-old trunk sewers (sanitary and storm) and watermains along parts of Hilliard, Farlane and Wallford Way. The project began last year, with similar work occurring on parts of Deer Park, Millbrook and Hilliard.

The last phase of the 2020 work, the final paving of the three streets, was recently completed, and landscaping on those streets was completed earlier this summer.

“The bulk of the remaining underground and road work will be completed this fall, including any remaining concrete sidewalk work, with construction operations winding down after the end of November 2021.”

The rebuilt 2021 streets will receive an initial paving this fall, but the final asphalt, and landscaping, will be carried out in 2022. “Those activities are expected to resume in May and wrap up in June, based on the contractor’s current schedule, although some work could extend until the end of July. These construction operations are generally of shorter duration and less disruptive than the underground construction work was this year.”

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Fisher Heights Community Place reopens, with rules

Fisher Heights Community Place is open but email in advance as we don’t have a reception desk

As Ontario eased its COVID rules in the fall, your board decided it was appropriate to cautiously re-open our community building, Fisher Heights Community Place, to our sponsored groups and for community activities and private rentals. Of course, everything will be in flux if the COVID rules are again tightened.

But for now, here are the rules relating to the use of the building:

• There are no capacity limits other than those imposed by the Ontario Fire Marshal.

• Social distancing is recommended, but is not required.

• The program contact, or the private renter, or delegate, MUST confirm that each participant 12 or older has been double-vaccinated at least 14 days prior, and shows acceptable ID. An exception is for documented medical exemptions (certification required). No-one can enter the building if they have neither proof of vaccination NOR proof of medical exemption.

• All participants are required to acknowledge that they have completed the COVID Screening Tool (two laminated copies are on the table at the building entrance) and confirm that they have answered “NO” to all the screening questions. The program contact, or the private renter, or delegate, must facilitate this process. Anyone who does not pass screening is not permitted to enter the business or organization and should be advised that they should self-isolate, ideally at home, and call their health care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) to get advice or an assessment, including if they need a COVID-19 test.

• In addition, the program contact, or renter, must ensure that all participants are listed on a COVID Screening log (a binder also on the entrance table) to allow for contact tracing, and they must retain this log for a period of one month from the date the rental space is last used. The contact or renter may be required to disclose this log at the request of Ottawa Public Health for purposes for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

• All participants under 2 years of age (or under 5 if they refuse) must wear a mask except when engaged in physical activity or eating. Exception: no one is required to provide proof of exemption from mask-wearing, nor can anyone be turned away if unable to wear a mask.

• At the end of the activity / event, the contact or renter is expected to do simple re-sanitizing of door knobs, tables, light switches, washroom faucets and knobs – any items that were possibly touched during the activity / event.

These rules MAY sound onerous, but they are the rules that businesses and organizations have been following for some time now. They should not be a challenge if the building is being used for a family event, for example.

For inquiries or to make a booking, please e-mail FHACA.BuildingRentals@gmail.com.

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