Have your Say on Richmond Parks & Other Updates!

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Richmond Parks Open House

On Tuesday, September 12th, I will be hosting an Open House meeting alongside our City of Ottawa Parks Planner, Jennifer Hemmings. The purpose of this open house is to outline plans for various park projects across the village. The parks included are King’s Grant Park, Richmond Lions Park and Sarah McCarthy Park. The latter is a new park being developed in the Richmond Gate community off of Nixon Farm Drive.

The proposals will introduce a new mini soccer field and pathways at King’s Grant, a new lighted outdoor rink at Richmond Lions Park, and a basketball court, puddle rink and two new play structures, including an accessible structure at Sarah McCarthy Park. Ms. Hemmings and I have also heard many of the comments from Richmond residents on what they’d like to see in our parks. As a result of those comments, future planning has also begun on a new regional park in the Western Development Lands. That park has been identified for both a splash pad and a skate park.

While the park planned in the Western Development Lands is a few years away, the plans for our other three parks are more imminent with much of the work taking place in 2018. The Open House will focus on these three parks and will be hosted at the Richmond Arena hall upstairs between the hours of 7:00pm and 9:00pm. As this is an open house, you can come at any time during those two hours. If you are unable to attend, I will also have the display boards with me at my Richmond Fair booth, just inside the main gate, all weekend from Friday, September 15th until close on Sunday, September 17th.

Rideau River Floodplain Mapping Open House

Members of the public are invited to an upcoming open house to review hazard maps. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has completed two hazard mapping studies for the Rideau River: Hogs Back to Kars and Kars to Burritt’s Rapids. These studies update existing mapping in some areas and new mapping in others. Both Rideau River studies look at identifying two main types of hazards along these stretches of the watercourse: flooding and slope stability.

The mapping will be used by the City of Ottawa and the Municipality of North Grenville when updating their Official Plan and Zoning Schedules and in the review of development applications under the Planning Act. RVCA will also use the mapping to guide the review of development applications submitted under the RVCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation.

The goal of this mapping is to help ensure that sound planning decisions are made — keeping people and property safe. Accurate engineered hazard mapping is the foundation of effective floodplain and resource management.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house and/or provide comments on the mapping. Conservation Authority staff are also open to receiving historical records of past flood events, news clippings, photographs and even anecdotal stories to help confirm the reasonableness of calculations and resulting hazard mapping. For those unable to attend the open house, mapping can also be seen online at www.rvca.ca and comments sent to Ferdous Ahmed, RVCA Senior Water Resources Engineer at ferdous.ahmed@rvca.ca.

The Open House will be held on Wednesday, September 27th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the Rideau Valley Conservation Centre, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick, ON.

Community Dancing in Manotick

On Friday, September 29th from 7:00 to 9:30pm, join the Ever Hopeful Stringband and caller Pippa Hall for a family-friendly, alcohol-free evening of community dancing, including circles, squares and contras at the Manotick United Church. If you are interested in a fun, interactive session of dance, laughter & music then this is for you. Each dance is taught and the whole family is invited. The evening begins with simple dances, followed by dances that build on skills as the evening progresses. Admission is $10, $5 for ages 12-18 and children under 12 are free. For more information, please call 613-692-4576 or visit http://dance.manotick.net.

ORMHA Wants You!

Hockey season is upon us and the Osgoode-Rideau Minor Hockey Association is looking for volunteers. ORMHA depends on your support to ensure that a fun and safe program can be offered to our children. When YOU get involved, you help make a difference. If you happen to be thinking about being a volunteer for this coming season, they want to hear from you.

There are many ways to participate, with many different levels of time commitment. You can visit ormha.goalline.ca to find out more information. If you have any questions, contact volunteer@ormha.ca. I’ve filled a number of various roles at ORMHA from team Manager to Board Member to Convenor/Coach for their Learn to Skate Program. I can definitely attest to the fact that there are various roles based on your ability to commit time.

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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. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.