Capital Ward Bulletin: Construction News and the opening of Grande Allée Park!

Construction in Capital Ward

I’m sure we’ve all come across construction projects in the ward. Whether it’s road repairs, park upgrades or fixing up our bridges, it can be hard to escape them, and hard to escape their impact.

Capital Ward has had has the most road renewals of any ward over the past Five years in Ottawa. Each and every one has required extensive work by our office and input from the public to ensure we get them right. Although construction can be difficult, we are proud of the work to implement 30 km/h streets and make Capital Ward the safest in the city for transportation for all modes. This extensive work continues every day for our office. 

This year, we will have the following construction projects going on in our ward:

  • Heron Park Field House Renewal
  • Glebe Community Centre—Air Cooled Condenser Units
  • Glebe Community Centre— Main Hall Flooring Replacement
  • Glebe Community Centre Preschool Play Structure Upgrade
  • Ottawa Public Library, Sunnyside Branch—Masonry and Roof Repairs
  • Brewer Pool Building—Automation System
  • Brewer Park Office Building—Facility Demolition
  • Brewer Pool—Dehumidifier and Pool Filter System replacement
  • Brewer Arena—Canopy Roof and Siporex Deck Replacement
  • Aberdeen Pavilion Rehabilitation
  • Springhurst Park Dock Addition
  • Greenfield-Main-Hawthorne—Integrated Road, Sewer and Watermain Renewal
  • Bank Street, Riverside to Ledbury—Integrated Road, Sewer and Watermain Renewal
  • Grove - Grosvenor—Integrated Road, Sewer and Watermain Renewal
  • Pretoria Avenue—Integrated Road, Sewer and Watermain Renewal
  • Ella-Ralph—Integrated Road, Sewer and Watermain Renewal
  • Smyth Road Cycling Safety Improvements
  • Monk-Oakland-Wilton-Woodlawn—Integrated Road, Sewer and Watermain Renewal
  • Glebe Avenue—Integrated Road, Sewer and Watermain Renewal
  • Sidewalk Repairs
  • Lees Avenue—Protected Bicycling Lane
  • Carleton University - Vincent Massey Footbridge
  • Bank Street Canal Bridge—Arch #3
  • Confederation Bridge Pier Bearing Replacement
  • Torrington Retaining Wall
  • Pipe Repairs
  • Trenchless Sewer Rehabilitation Program
  • Leonard Ave Wase Water Pumping Station (WWPS) Upgrades
  • CSO Flow Monitoring Project
  • Hurdman Bridge Drinking Water Pumping Station Upgrades
  • Windsor Park Stormwater PS upgrades
  • Billings Bridge Station—Building Automation System Replacement
  • Billings Bridge Station—Electrical Room Slab Replacement

Further details on these projects can be found at

For further details on these projects and to find out how they may impact you, please visit our website at www.shawnmenard.ca/construction.

Carleton University Footbridge

Speaking of construction, I know we have all been really eager to see the opening of the new footbridge over the Rideau River between Carleton University and Vincent Massey Park. We do have a bit of an update.

The contractor is in the final stages of activities that are required to complete the bridge and, optimistically, there is about three weeks of work remaining. Much of that work is weather dependent, staff we will be monitoring the progress closely.

After that, the city will need to complete final inspections and that may add another two to three weeks to the opening timeline, depending on any quality issues that are found.

We will be sure to let residents know when we have a confirmed opening date.

Grande Allée Park launch May 11

We are excited to announce the partial opening of the Grande Allée Park in Old Ottawa East at 185 Main Street on May 11. We’ll also see the launch of the Farmer’s Market from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The park will provide a community gathering space and restful central walkway lined by trees. Portions of the park will remain temporarily fenced off for the beginning of the summer until the greenery is established. We will push to have an opening of the full space as soon as possible, as it has been many years in the making and is eagerly anticipated by those living in the area.

So join us at the launch! We’ll be there with coffee and donuts from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Stop by to say “hi,” and grab a Mother’s Day treat from one of more than 25 local farmers and producers.

Your Capital Ward

Photo by Elizabeth Ross

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Annual Outdoor Gear Grab

The Ottawa Outdoor Gear Library (OOGL) is a small non-profit that provides free outdoor gear lending services to racialized, low-income, and other marginalized community members in Ottawa. In addition to their 800+ individual community borrowers, they work closely with several community organizations and service centers to support programming that promotes equitable access to outdoor recreation.

Join them this Saturday, May 4, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 877A Boyd Avenue for their Annual Gear Grab! This is a fundraising initiative they host with the Ottawa Tool Library. They will put out their excess gear for people to grab for a pay-what-you-can donation to the organization.

To learn more about OOGL, check out their website and Instagram.

Citizens’ Climate Workshops  

The Citizens’ Climate Workshops have been so successful that two more workshops have been added to the Dovercourt Recreation Centre calendar for May.

Workshops will be held on Thursday May 9 and Wednesday May 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

Space is limited to a maximum of 14 per night (7 per table), so the advice is  to register early. More detailed information, including registration, is available at dovercourt.org/community/events-at-dovercourt/

New Zoning By-Law

On April 29, the Joint Committee of the Planning and Housing Committee and Agricultural Affairs Committee received the staff report outlining the first draft of the new Zoning By-law. This report is a preview and provides a summary of the first draft the Zoning By-law provisions which will be released in their entirety on May 31.

The report sets out the rationale for key directions in the new Zoning By-law and how it implements the new Official Plan to build healthy, equitable communities and a more affordable city.

The staff report will form the basis for public consultation and community engagement on the first draft of the proposed By-law.

You can access the staff report on the City’s agenda/minutes page. The draft by-law will be available on May 31 on the project’s engagement page. Consultation will continue until the final draft of the new Zoning By-law goes to Council in December 2025.

For this first draft of the new Zoning By-law, active engagement opportunities will start with the release of the draft provisions on May 31. Active opportunities will continue through October, including a virtual open house in September. Be sure to sign up for updates on the project’s engagement page to keep apprised of upcoming engagement opportunities and participate in surveys and polls.

If you have any questions, please contact the new Zoning By-law project team via [email protected].

Crossing Guard of the Year Award

Nominate your community Crossing Guard for our Crossing Guard of the Year award. The top three guards will receive $500 each, and the three schools that cast the most votes will each win a $300 Canadian Tire gift card! It's win-win!

The contest runs till May 17th. Nominate your guard here: ottawasafetycouncil.ca/thank-you-ottawa

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