Fall/winter recreation registration opening soon

The annual (and free) Concert in the Park Series is back at the Richmond Fairgrounds this week and next.  Come out to Richmond on Thursday, July 30th and Thursday, August 6th for great music provided by Sidewinder (July 30) and Ambush (August 6). The BBQ starts at 6:00pm with the concerts beginning at 7:00pm.  Concerts in the Park are brought to you by the City of Ottawa, Ontario Parks and Waste Management.  Donations to CHEO will be accepted.

Fall/Winter Recreation Registration

The Recreation eGuide for fall and winter programs are now online at ottawa.ca. Choose from a wide variety of activities for all ages including swimming lessons, fitness classes, general interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts.

Registration for swimming and aquafitness classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Monday, August 10th at 9:00pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Tuesday, August 11th during regular business hours. Registration for all other classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Wednesday, August 12th at 9:00pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Thursday, August 13th during regular business hours.

To register online or by phone residents will need a client barcode and family PIN numbers. The City expects high volumes of online registrants throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, which could result in a longer registration experience than usual.

Residents who do not have access to the Internet are encouraged to visit City recreation centres or libraries with public Internet access. They can also visit any Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help with registration. Some community centres may provide printed brochures for their local activities.

Dickinson House News

On August 2nd at 1:30pm, there will be a concert by the Manotick Brass Ensemble and a Lawn Social on the grounds of Dickinson House.  Come and enjoy a summer afternoon in the 19th Century way.  You are also welcome to tour the House and visit the special exhibition of Tableware in Times Past in the Coral Lindsay Memorial Exhibition Hall.  As always, admission is free, and donations to support the House are welcome.

Looking ahead, reserve September 4th to come to an old-fashioned, family-oriented Barn Dance at Watson’s Mill; then take part in the Heritage Country Fair in Dickinson Square on September 5th.  For information about the events, visit www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse, call 613-692-2241, or visit Dickinson House.  The House is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Community Partnership Minor Capital Program

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is an initiative available for minor capital improvements to city-owned parks, recreation and cultural facilities on a cost-sharing basis with community groups. Examples include: play equipment, basketball courts, park furniture, tree planting, landscape improvements, minor community facility improvements, etc. Projects on school board land and other public lands that are accessible to the general public may also be eligible. Deadline: September 1, 2015. Details: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/funding/recreation-program-funding/community-partnership-minor-capital-program.

Contacts:

Donna Williams
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 23169

Renée Proteau
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26967

Manotick Soap Box Derby

The 5th Annual Soap Box Derby is coming up on August 30th and, for the very first time in Ottawa, the Manotick Village and Community Association will be holding special races for Super Kids during this event.

Super Kids is an international program created to provide children with special needs the opportunity to participate in the sport of Soap Box Derby Racing. The Canadian chapter came into being in 2009. The program features custom built two-seater derby cars. These cars were specifically designed to allow children who meet the daily challenges of either physical or developmental barriers to enjoy an activity experienced by thousands of kids every year. Two of the special cars are being borrowed from the Canadian Headquarters of Super Kids in Peterborough.

For more information on registration for these races, please go to http://www.manotickvca.org/ or contact derby@manotickvca.org.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.