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Thursday 14 August, 2014
Last week, I was pleased to unveil the Nepean date stones at the Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven with Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee.
An historic piece of Nepean Sandstone, part of the original construction of Parliament Hill’s West Block in 1878, was used to create date stones for the recreation complex. Following Program Manager Kevin Wherry’s great idea, this salvaged piece of restored masonry material was provided by the department of Public Works and Government Services Canada. It became available recently when it was removed from Mackenzie Tower and replaced with new stone.
This stone was chosen because of its robust characteristics and its quality that surpassed other material such as limestone. Today, you can still see remnants of these quarries near the Valleystream and Cedarhill communities. This date stone is a fitting piece of local history incorporated into the new facility.
The Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven is scheduled to open in November 2014 with winter recreation programming set to begin in early 2015. At a construction cost of $54M, this new complex will provide residents in Barrhaven and in fact the whole City with a brand new recreation centre incorporating accessible amenities and programs for all age groups.
The complex features a six-lane, 25-metre pool, two regulation NHL-sized arenas with seating, a gymnasium with a second storey walking track, a fitness centre, seven multi-purpose rooms and a premium CFL/FIFA dimension artificial turf outdoor sports field.
I am proud of the fact that his complex is on time and on budget and will be a welcome addition to residents and families of one of the fastest growing communities.
For more information on the Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven, please visit janharder.com and @MintoBarrhaven.
City seeking public input on a commemorative naming proposal
The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on a proposal to name the new Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge “Vimy Bridge”.
In recognition of the historical significance of the battle of Vimy Ridge, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name the new bridge, which spans the Rideau River connecting Strandherd Drive and Earl Armstrong Road, “Vimy Bridge”.
“Vimy Bridge” would commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the battle of Vimy Ridge, led by Canadians. It would also ensure the sacrifices made by troops in the First World War are not forgotten.
Many thanks to the Barrhaven and Manotick Royal Canadian Legion branches for their initiative on this proposal.
To view the proposal for “Vimy Bridge”, please visit ottawa.ca.
Barrhaven Seniors Centre
The Barrhaven Seniors Centre is starting up again on September 17th. They are working on expanding their group and organizing activities, so stay tuned for more information! If you have any questions, please contact Don Winchester at 613-440-3620 or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/BarrhavenSeniorsCentre.
Barrhaven Teen Art Contest
The first annual Barrhaven Teen Art Contest is taking place at Ruth E. Dickinson library. It is for all Barrhaven teens ages 12 to 17. Please drop off your entry by Saturday, August 16 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The winning artwork will be displayed in the Teen Zone of the library for six months.
Please pick up an entry form and an information sheet at Ruth E. Dickinson.
Good luck to all teens submitting artwork!
Sequoia Church: Movies in the Park
Make sure to come out and enjoy the last movie of Sequoia Church's Movies in the Park on Aug. 16. They will be showing Despicable Me 2 at Moloughney Park (100 Wessex Drive).
This family friendly movie will start at dusk so bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the fun.
For more information, please visit sequoiachurch.org/announcements.
Lansdowne Park - Official Opening
Come celebrate Lansdowne’s rich history and exciting future at the official park opening!
Join us on August 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for an old-fashioned carnival and picnic in the park. The day will feature free concerts, exhibitions and activities for the entire family.
Explore the heritage, modern amenities and natural beauty of Ottawa’s newest world-class attraction.
Be among the first to experience this stunning new jewel in Ottawa’s crown.
For more information and bus schedule to the park, please visit ottawa.ca.
Please Note: The City’s Election-Related Resources Policy (ERRP) prohibits Members of Council who are seeking re-election in a municipal election from using their office budgets to sponsor newsletters, advertisements, flyers or householders during the 60-day period leading up to and including Voting Day, with very few exceptions. In order to comply with the ERRP, my office will not be issuing this column from August 28, 2014 up to and including October 27, 2014. My office remains open to deal with day-to-day constituency matters.