April 26, 2024 Newsletter

April 26, 2024 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

City of Ottawa News, Events, Meetings and Engagement Opportunities 

Parks Operations Updates

Puddles pooling on a wet baseball diamond with footprints leaving deep impressions on the field.

  • Parks Maintenance staff are busy preparing the City's ball diamonds for that first pitch.
  • To get the City's 328 ball parks ready for the coming season in early May, staff are busy with inspections, necessary fencing repairs and reinstallation of any bleachers that were removed for the winter. They are also turning our irrigation systems back on and checking for leaks.
  • While they groom the infields, staff are also doing turf repairs, fertilizing, overseeding, topdressing and aerating the fields. 
  • Staff hope to have our 115 tennis and pickleball courts ready for use soon, but caution that heavy precipitation can hamper operations. If nets are installed too early with wet/soft ground conditions, tightening the nets will cause the posts to lean, requiring a costly re-instatement/replacement, delaying the season further.
  • Staff are also working to get the City's 15 BMX and skate parks open as soon as possible, and that means inspecting for any deficiencies and required repairs, sweeping the surfaces, and removing any debris that may have accumulated over the winter. 
  • Notice anything that needs attention? Please send a service request by emailing or calling 3-1-1. This is triaged to the right personnel in Parks Maintenance and is the fastest way to help staff get the job done.


E-Scooter Season has arrived

Whether you ride your own electric kick-scooter or use one through the providers of the City’s shared program, everyone is encouraged to have a safe, fun and courteous ride on Ottawa’s streets. Read on for tips on how to do this or visit E-scooters | City of Ottawa. The 900 e-scooters in the City program can be used in only selected neighbourhoods, bordered by St. Laurent Boulevard in the east, Rideau River/Carling Avenue in the south, Churchill Avenue in the west and the Ottawa River in the north. These are the same areas they operated in 2023. The 2024 season will operate, weather permitting, until November 15. Riders can unlock an e-scooter through the providers’ apps between 5 am and 1 am throughout the season, with certain exceptions for the ByWard Market. To learn more about the e-scooter program, including deployment areas and where to park, visit E-scooters | City of Ottawa.


Special Events By-laws Review - Survey open until April 29 

The City of Ottawa is looking for your input on how to make special events more accessible, safe and inclusive. The City is currently reviewing its Special Events By-laws to ensure that they effectively support festival and event organizers, and ensure that all participants can have a safe, enjoyable experience. As a part of this by-law review, staff are conducting a survey asking questions about the safety, accessibility and inclusivity of special events in the City of Ottawa. This survey covers a range of issues including, accessibility, harassment, sexual harassment, drugs, and alcohol, smoking and vaping and extreme weather events. This Survey is regarding outdoor events with more than 500 people and events that occur on city roadways, it does not cover indoor events. For updates on the City’s Special Events By-law Reviews, visit Engage.ottawa.ca and please complete the survey on safe and inclusive events before April 29, 2024. Additional surveys on specific topics related to special events will follow in the coming months.

New policy framework for voluntary donations for community benefits - Survey open until April 30

The City of Ottawa is seeking public input regarding the role of Members of City Council in soliciting, facilitating and accepting voluntary donations for community benefits. The City does not currently have a policy that applies to Members of Council who solicit and/or facilitate voluntary donations for community benefits. There is a Council-approved Donations to the City for Community Benefit Policy, but this does not apply to Members of Council. Visit Engage Ottawa for more information and to share your feedback on voluntary donations for community benefits that are solicited and/or facilitated by Members of Council. The survey will be open until Tuesday, April 30. Your input will help inform the updated policy framework, which will be brought forward for consideration by the Finance and Corporate Services Committee and City Council no later than July 2024.

Recreation and Parks Funding: Community Partnership Minor/Major Capital Programs - Deadline is May 1

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is designed to implement capital improvements to parks and recreation facilities by partnering with community groups and sharing costs. The next deadline to apply for the Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is May 1, 2024.


Join Move for Youth - May 1-15

From May 1–15, join Move for Youth in support of United Way East Ontario and Centraide Outaouais. By participating in this free activity challenge, every step you take helps to raise awareness and support for the most vulnerable kids in your community. Help them reach their goal of 100 million steps with 1,000 participants. All you have to do is sign up, get active, and track your steps with the MoveSpring app. You can even bike, dance, or play sports—however you want to move! The app will convert your activity to steps and keep tabs on your progress. Plus, if you or your team climb to the top of the leaderboard, you can win great prizes. Click here for more information.


Spring Cleaning - register before May 3

So far, there are more than 700 spring cleanup projects and more than 32,000 participants registered in the City's Spring Cleaning the Capital campaign. Registration remains open until Friday, May 3 and projects are to be completed by Friday, May 31. Visit ottawa.ca/clean or call 3-1-1 for more information.

Inaugural Better Buildings Ottawa Awards Ceremony - May 8

Tickets are still available for the inaugural Better Buildings Ottawa Awards Ceremony! On May 8 from 8 to 9:30 am, join Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe and the Better Buildings Ottawa team at Ottawa City Hall in celebrating excellence in sustainable building management and operations. In keeping with our Better Buildings Breakfast series, this ceremony will take place in the morning at City Hall over breakfast and refreshments. The session will also feature a keynote address from a leader in the building decarbonization movement, Bala Gnanam. Bala is the Vice-President, Sustainability, Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations at BOMA Canada.

Rain Ready Ottawa Webinars - May 8 and 14

  • Join Rain Ready Ottawa for an engaging online session with a landscaping professional on permeable pavement on May 8 at 6 pm. Learn how these eco-friendly surfaces can help management stormwater and reduce flooding, protecting our waterways and your home. Information on the City’s Rain Ready Ottawa program will also be provided, including an overview of the permeable pavement rebate. This will be the first session in a series of webinars exploring rain ready solutions for your home. Find out more and register
  • Join Rain Ready Ottawa for an engaging online session with a landscaping professional on rain gardens on May 14 at 6 pm. The session will cover site selection, plant selection, installation, and maintenance. Information on the City’s Rain Ready Ottawa program will be provided, including an overview of rain garden rebates, additional learning opportunities, and resources. This will be the second session in a series of seminars exploring rain ready solutions for your home. Find out more and register.


Gloucester 50+ Centre - tea and bazaar - May 11
The Gloucester 50+ Centre is hosting its annual Spring Bazaar and Tea on Saturday, May 11, from 10 am to 2 pm, at 4355 Halmont Drive. There will be crafts, quilting, art, books, jewelry, a tea room and more. Everyone welcome. Cash, debit and credit will be accepted. 

BIPOC Youth Job Fair - May 11
The Somali Centre for Family Services is hosting a BIPOC Youth Job Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 4 pm at Ottawa City Hall! Meet over 30 employers and volunteer recruiters. Register now via this link.

Climate Resiliency Strategy - Survey open until May 21

A collage of multiple photos: - Rural homes destroyed following a tornado- Someone drinking from a water bottle with a blazing sun overhead- A firefighter installs a water pump in a flooded ditch- An uprooted tree toppled over- A broken branch hangs from a tree covered with ice- Snow removal vehicles lined up on a snowy day

You can help shape Climate Ready Ottawa, the City of Ottawa's draft climate resiliency strategy. Visit engage.ottawa/climate-resiliency to review the draft strategy and to share your feedback in a survey before May 21. The series of planned public open houses has been postponed. New dates will be announced soon.

Black Canadian Scholarship Fund - Apply before May 31

The Black Canadian Scholarship Fund was established in 1996 to encourage academic excellence and promote community leadership by providing annual scholarships to outstanding young black students in Ottawa. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2024. Download the application form. For more information, please visit bcsf.ca.

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