The Westboro Beach Community
Association (WBCA) Annual General Meeting is tomorrow:
Monday, November 26, 2012
Churchill Seniors Center, 2nd floor Town Hall
The evening will include a talk “Your
Garden & Trees & More”
Our guests will include:
Landscape Designer Jessica Templeton
City of Ottawa Arborist Bruce Reaney
And Westboro Beach “Master” gardeners
There will be elections, followed by
a Q & A session and what we hope will be a fruitful discussion on issues we
should collectively address, social events and fundraising ideas.
Hope to see you tomorrow at the AGM.
Westboro Youth Centre is looking for board members. The Westboro Youth Centre offers
recreational programs for youth 10-17 years of age. This program is held in
Steacy Hall (aka "the Gym") on the second floor of All Saints' Anglican Church
on Friday evening. The program is supported by funds from the local community
including businesses, individuals, the All Saints Church and the Dovercourt
Recreation Centre. A youth counsellor organizes sports, activities and outings.
It is well attended. If you are interested in sitting on the board, please send
your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org Be involved in your community and make a
aged 6 to 13 years can meet every Thursday night (5 to 7 pm) at the All Saints
Church Hall for sports and activities July 5 to August 30. The entrance is at
the rear of the building off Madison. Look for the Dovercourt van. The program
is sponsored by the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, Carlington Community Health
Centre and United Way Ottawa. For more information, please contact Breanna
Gibbon at 613-722-4000 extension 325 or email@example.com
Duncan Park will host a playgroup in the park featuring Monkey Rock Music. The
programs will be held every Monday from July 9 to August 20 at 9:30-11:30. The
program is a fun, entertaining and creative music program for young children and
their caregivers. Snacks provided. For more information, please call Anisa at
613-722-4000 extension 236.
program is sponsored by the Ontario Early Years Centre, the Carlington Community
Health Centre and Mothercraft Ottawa.
The Westboro Beach Community Association (WBCA) will
monitor the City of Ottawa’s 50- year plan to improve water quality at Westboro
Beach and issue an annual report card to the community. Westboro Beach was
closed to swimmers 26 days in the summer of 2011.
In October 2011, the city approved a 50-year $43 million plan
aimed at cutting the amount of stormwater that pollutes Westboro Beach and the
Ottawa River. Unfortunately, only $2 million will be spent this year. The WBCA
will track city expenditures and actions and will issue a passing or failing
grade in an annual report card. The factors determining the passing or failing
grade will be projects implemented, money spent and days the beach is closed to
The planned retrofit program will help manage stormwater from
the Westboro neighbourhood as well as the Pinecrest Creek watershed which
drains into the Ottawa River just north of the beach. Westboro was built
without the proper infrastructure to control water run-off from the surrounding
streets. Infill and redevelopment in the area have also contributed to the
problem. The retrofit plan includes
stormwater ponds and pilot programs such as water cisterns, rain gardens and
porous pavement on city properties.
Other measures include narrowing parts of streets, building rock-filled
trenches and creating rain gardens to catch run-off. The program also calls for
two oil and grit separators and pair of stormwater management ponds.
Any Westboro Beach resident
wanting to get involved in monitoring the beach quality and working on the
annual report contact should contact Ben Abraham or Mari Wellman or Bonnie
Archives of Beach
Quality for 2011
Pinecrest Creek/Westboro Stormwater Manager
I am sorry to announce that the Beach Opening BBQ has been cancelled. Once again the weather is not cooperating. I looked at both weather websites and rain is likely. Even if there is
no rain, the weather will be cloudy and cold.
Thank-you for those who contributed books/baked goods/etc. or volunteered to work at the BBQ. Even though the BBQ is not going ahead your help is appreciated.
The annual WBCA beach opening barbaque is a longstanding tradition that we hope you will
attend. Not only is it a good way to meet your neighbours for an
afternoon of fun in the sun, but this is also the WBCA’s primary
fundraiser. We need your support to continue to host community events and
to provide community feedback on issues that affect both our neighbourhood and
Date: Saturday, June 2nd
Location: Under the trees at the entrance to the Beach Café pavilion patio.
Time: Food will be available from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.Traditional barbaque foods such as hamburgers and
hotdogs will be available. For the non-meat eaters, we will be serving
veggie burgers. An assortment of pop, juices and water will be
available. We will have tap water that you can fill up your own
water containers with.
The barbecue’s activities are as follows:
How can you help? We need volunteers to make the
Westboro Beach Opening Barbeque a success. If you would like to volunteer to work at the Beach Opening
Barbeque, contact the WBCA at info or telephone Peter Bruton at 613 798-0880.
Sale: Anyone who wishes to donate baked goods can drop them off at 272
Atlantis Avenue on June 1 or drop them off at the BBQ.
Additional information will be posted as the date for the BBQ approaches.
Thank-you, WBCA Executive
Please note that there will be a public meeting of Westboro and residents
who remain very concerned about Uniform Urban Development's proposed 14 and 16
storey towers on the Fendor site. This will have serious impacts in Westboro
Beach, including winter shadowing. The case is now before the OMB. Please come
out to show your support!
Date - Thursday, March 22
Time - 7:00 pm
Location - 345 Richmond Road Churchill Seniors Centre (upstairs)
See the attached flyer
for additional details.
The following post is to inform residents of the Westboro Beach area about a public
forum for a Community Design Plan for the Wellington West area.
Community Design Plan: What does it say? How will it be implemented? Your chance to ask questions!
When: January 19, 2012, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: St. George’s Church, Piccadilly Ave.
The Wellington Village Community Association is holding a public
forum to explore the Wellington West Community Design Plan. We hope to
better understand what the CDP calls for in terms of development heights
and densities along Wellington Street, and how the City envisions
implementing these policies.
Invited speakers include Councillor Katherine Hobbs, who will address
how the community can be better involved in the planning approvals
process, and Yasir Nagvi, who will explain his proposals for reforming
the process of appealing development decisions to the Ontario Municipal
Board. City Planning Dept. staff will also speak.
Friendly reminder that the WBCA Winter carnival is this Saturday.
We hope to see you there.
Date – January 28th (Saturday)
Time – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location – Westboro Beach
Once again the WBCA will be holding its annual winter carnival. This will be our third carnival and we are hoping to build on the success of last year's event.
Events this year include:
- roasting marshmallows
- hot chocolate
- snow map building/colouring (hopefully the weather will cooperate)
- snow soccer
- build a snow sculpture
- snow sculpture painting
Arranging the frozen blocks of snow/ice and the spray painting were a big hit with the children last year. We could always use more blocks of ice/snow. This year a call is going out for more people to make snow/ice blocks. Simply make the snow/ice blocks and bring them to the beach around 1:30 pm the day of the carnival. If you need assistance transporting the snow/ice blocks to the beach, contact the WBCA through the website and someone will get back to you.
Instructions for ice blocks are:
- fill a plastic container 3/4 full of water
- add a few drops of food colouring
- place in the freezer
- remove the ice block, put the ice block outside and repeat.
Instructions for snow blocks are:
While snowman building is dependent upon the temperature, snow sculpture/colouring is not. In order to colour the snowmen and sculptures we need to gather as many empty spray bottles as possible. If you have any old spray bottles, drop them off on the front porch of 272 Atlantis Avenue. On the day of the event, they will be filled with coloured water and brought to the beach for the kids to use.
- fill a plastic container with snow (I use the green grocery store containers)
- add water and mix (I mix in enough water so that the snow sticks together)
- smooth the top of the snow block
- let the container sit until frozen
- remove the ice block and repeat.
- cut the snow blocks into smaller sizes (I used a wood saw to cut the snow blocks last year)
We will be selling hot chocolate to help offset the cost of the fire permit required by the city. To reduce waste, please bring a mug for the hot chocolate.
If you are interested in volunteering to help organize this event, contact the WBCA through the website and someone will get back to you. Furthermore, if you have any ideas for activities and would be willing to help implement those ideas, contact the WBCA through the website and someone will get back to you. Keep your eyes on the WBCA website for additional information on this event.