Sunday Morning Update

We are glad to report our numbers in support of preserving this piece of Canadian history right here in our neighbourhood are growing. Every form is bringing us closer and closer to our goal.

Take a drive by; take a good look at 21 Withrow. Then imagine what it would look like filled with row houses or low rise apartments. A big piece of our neighbourhood’s character will be taken from us!

Please help us preserve the character of our community and this important, historic green-space by getting your survey in.

We can pick it up or you can email it or drop it off.  Please, let’s keep it going we are doing so well and we want to reach our goal.

Have your say and remember to read the character of the neighbourhood statement and send it back also.

We need to hear from you.
Thanks for your help. Every vote counts.

WANT MORE BACKGROUND INFO?  Scroll down, and click on the Right OR Click on the 2 links below:

Why Support The Levy? Aug 25, 2017

More Than Just A Park – Much More! September 20, 2016

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NEIGHBOURHOOD FLYERS UPDATE

C.V.C.A. Neighbourhood flyers are now being delivered to community mailboxes and are being returned to our Community Association. We are happy to say that we are getting a favourable response and signed levy forms are coming back in.
Please think about this and call us if you have any further questions.  We want to hear from you.

We are moving toward creating an important legacy in mid-town Ottawa.
Thank you for helping to save 21 Withrow Ave for present and future generations!

And thank you for helping us to define the character of our City View community.

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LEVY UPDATE ; > )

This is an update to follow up with our Levy Survey.  We are excited to say that we are getting a very positive response but we still need more to reach our goal.

If you haven’t already downloaded and sent us your response to the Levy Survey and the Character of our Neighbourhood statement, please watch as they will be in your mailboxes in the next few days.

Your response will accomplish one or two of the most important things you do for your community. You may pledge your support for the acquisition of 21 Withrow Avenue to save green-space and at the same time you may help us to establish what we want our community to look like in the future.

Let’s go City View!

If you can’t wait for the Survey in your mailbox: Click Here.
Watch for the next update, coming soon.

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INPUT NEEDED: TWO SURVEY QUESTIONS

Dear residents of our City View Neighborhood:  Your input is needed. 

A flyer is ATTACHED HERE  and more surveys will be available soon,  on the side of a mailbox near you.

This survey is from the executive of the City View Community Association (C.V.C.A), who are working to represent your best interests.  We are contacting you regarding two urgent issues and are requesting your input.

1: Preservation of green space at 21 Withrow Avenue.

The large lot and designated heritage home at 21 Withrow is currently for sale and a conditional offer has been received.  It is likely that a developer will seek variances or zoning changes to permit very high density housing units.   In cooperation with Councillor Chiarelli, the C.V.C.A. has been seeking an alternate outcome that would see the City purchase the property for use as a park and community building.  However, Councillor Chiarelli will only move forward on that proposal if the majority of households in City View indicate support for a possible $5 per month property tax levy over a 10-year time-frame.  The C.V.C.A. encourages your support for this proposed levy for the following reasons:

  • This is the last possible location for a park in City View.  We already have the lowest ratio of parkland per household in Ottawa, and this situation will worsen significantly with further housing in-fill.
  • We feel that the quality of the community would be improved by a park, or eroded by the inevitable alternative (i.e. more homes and less green space). The difference between these alternatives could easily affect the value of our homes enough to compensate for the levy.
  • This is your chance to leave a permanent legacy for future generations, to preserve one of the oldest farm houses in the city and its gorgeous grounds from development.

2: Defining the Character of our Neighbourhood.

Our neighborhood is changing rapidly.   Each new infill proposal requires approval by the Committee of Adjustment (CoA). The CoA considers the concerns of neighbors, and how a new development affects the neighborhood character.  It welcomes a clear and succinct definition of neighborhood character that is supported by the community.  Without this, it is difficult for the C. of A. to see past the narrowly-defined proposals submitted by developers.   On the back of this page we have written a short paragraph that defines our neighborhood.  With your approval, this paragraph will help to guide the CoA when it considers minor variances in City View.

For us to move forward on each proposal (or not), we require that City View households affirm their agreement.  The proposals are summarized on the back of this page. Please respond in one of the following ways:

  • By returning this form directly to a C.V.C.A. representative who may have called on you in person
  • By mail or drop-off to 95 St Claire Avenue, K2G 2A7.
  • By email to: CityViewAssociation@gmail.com

Questions? /Or Form Pick Up     (613)3146555 or (613)727-9410

1: Preservation of green space at 21 Withrow Avenue:

In order to get funding from the City of Ottawa towards the purchase of 21 Withrow Avenue, Councillor Chiarelli has stated we must prove our community support. He has suggested a possible tax levy of $5 a month for a maximum of 10 years. Similar levies are being paid by residents of Alta Vista and Kanata North for community projects.

If we demonstrate our grassroots support the city (Councillor Chiarelli) said they will support the purchase of 21 Withrow. Once we have city backing the provincial and federal governments will then consider additional funding. *A Neighbourhood Park increases property values and the desirability of an entire neighbourhood.

Yes, I / We agree to a possible $5 a month levy on my/our tax bill for a maximum of ten years, to assist in the purchase of 21 Withrow Avenue.

Name (please print) ______________________________

 

Address_______________________________________

 

Signature: ________________________________

 

2: Defining the Character of our City View Neighborhood:

City View is a neighborhood of single-family homes with a very diverse feel; every street has old and some newer homes. The sizes can range from small and quaint to very large and elaborate with many architectural styles and influences. The relatively low density of housing gives the neighborhood a peaceful, un-crowded feeling. An abundance of mature trees, large yards, gardens (both flower and vegetable),and diverse landscape features provide aesthetic variety as well as homes and refuge for birds and wildlife.  Many residents place a high value on these characteristics, and, regardless of what type of home they live in, would be reluctant to see City View developed into a neighborhood of homogeneous, closely-abutted houses, with little open space and few mature trees. “

I/we, (agree/disagree) ___________________ that the above statement accurately describes the neighborhood of City View in which I/we live.

Name (please print)__________________________________

 

Address________________________________

 

Signature: ________________________________

The C.V.C.A. welcomes any comments, questions and suggestions you may have

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Skating Rink Notice

This notice is to advise you that no more work will be attempted on the large outfield rink at Doug Frobel Park.

Please enjoy the small puddle rink on the basketball court behind the Nepean Museum at 16 Rowley Avenue.

Your C.V.C.A. Executive.

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UPDATE: Puddle Rink On: Volunteers Needed

GOOD NEWS:

The outside water source has been turned back on by the city.

Flooding is underway on the puddle rink behind the Nepean Museum at 16 Rowley Avenue. We need volunteers to help. If you can spare even one hour to help build and maintain our skating rink, please EMAIL CityViewAssociation@gmail.com

No experience necessary.

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Copeland Park C.A. opposed to Baseline Transit Corridor

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-baseline-road-transit-corridor-concerns-1.3919275

Click on the link above to see the entire CBC news post.

Baseline Road rapid transit corridor traveling towards opposition

13.8-kilometre transit corridor requires the partial expropriation of more than 200 properties

Marjorie Shaver-Jones, President of the Copeland Park Community Association is concerned the planning and environmental assessment study on the project will be rubber-stamped by the Transportation Committee at its February 1 meeting.

“The current proposed project isn’t the best the city can offer and we’d like something better. We think that the dollars can be spent much more wisely to create a much more user-friendly bus system that is an improvement on Baseline Road,” she said.

One sticking point is the city’s plan to place bus stops at medians instead of curbside pickup.

 

 

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Holiday Get Together Tuesday December 27, 2016

On TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27 at 1pm, 

City View Community Association is sponsoring a 

FAMILY HOLIDAY CHEER GET TOGETHER” 

behind the Nepean Museum, in the parking lot.

COME OUT AND BUILD A SNOWMAN
ENJOY SOME TIMBITS AND HOT CHOCOLATE.

MEET TIMMIE THE HILARIOUS GOAT.
HE WALKS ON A LEASH, LOVES PEOPLE,  AND HAS A BEARD.(Just like Santa!)

COME AND SEE OUR 2 CUTE MINI HORSES MR. B AND DAISY.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From your 

City View Community Association Executive

 

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WHO ARE CVCA EXECUTIVE? “VIGILANTES” ??

 

City View Community Association Executive is made up of local, resident, professional people. Most of us are retired professionals and some of us are parents with young children.  We are giving our time to help make our community a better place to live. For our Councillor to suggest that we are vigilantes sneaking out at night to flood a rink is terribly insulting and certainly not helpful…

At a breakfast Executive meeting on Monday, October 3, 2016, during a discussion about the outdoor rink he said “go ahead and flood the outfield, but do not touch the infield.”

He was asked to repeat this due to the past history on this issue and he did. Six executive present heard Councillor Rick Chiarelli say that we could use the outfield and we definitely did not “misunderstand his words.’ His words were clear and precise. We left excited and looking forward to making progress with the issue of sharing the facilities at Doug Frobel Park.

On Saturday, December 17, the Skating Rink Team of resident volunteers of City View got together to begin building the rink.  When they arrived, they saw that the snow plow had pushed the snow from the parking lot onto the basketball court. They had rented a roller from Home Depot and had a team ready to build a rink.

That evening, Councillor Rick Chiarelli was messaged that the Outfield was being flooded.
He did not respond to the message.

On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, we were served with a cease and desist order” which was hand delivered from the city. The reason was that we  “did not have permission to use the outfield” and “a rink on the outfield would destroy the grass in Doug Frobel Ball Park”

It is interesting to note that the Kin Ross  Baseball field, another Class A ball diamond in Barrhaven, has a skating rink on the outfield.

 

 

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‘Vigilante rink’ on west Ottawa baseball diamond shut down ~ www.cbc.ca

SEE THE CBC VERSION OF THIS STORY ON THE CBC WEBSITE, with photos.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/baseball-outfield-vigilante-rink-nepean-ottawa-1.3907521

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‘Vigilante rink’ on west Ottawa baseball diamond shut down

Councillor denies encouraging flooding of west Ottawa baseball field against city’s wishes

Joan Clark, the president of the City View Community Association, received an order from the City of Ottawa to stop flooding the baseball field. (Ashley Burke/CBC News)

A hockey fight of a different sort is playing out in Ottawa’s west end.

The City of Ottawa cut off a community association’s water supply after it ignored an order to stop flooding a little league baseball diamond in Nepean.

Members of the City View Community Association told CBC News they were encouraged by their councillor to go ahead with the plan to build the outdoor rink without the city’s approval — but the councillor denies ever offering that advice.

Community association members said they spent three days and nights flooding the Doug Frobel Park baseball diamond with a fire hose — working as late as 3 a.m. — to create a hockey rink for neighbourhood kids.

‘Somehow the baseball people have the sole custody of this field, which is wrong.’- Joan Clark,  City View Community Association

When a warning to the community association didn’t work, the city cut off the association’s outdoor water supply and served the president a letter to “cease the construction and flooding” of the baseball field.

“I think it’s terrible,” the association’s president Joan Clark said. “Talk about [the] Grinch. The kids that were getting skates for Christmas and planned to come out aren’t going to be skating here.”

City View Community Association volunteers poured water on the outfield of the Doug Frobel Park baseball diamond to create a rink against the city’s wishes. (Ashley Burke/CBC News. )

For three years, the community association has been requesting a larger outdoor rink for the area’s 500 kids to enjoy outside. Right now, they are permitted to build smaller outdoor ice surface on top of an asphalt basketball court on the property.

But the association has argued the surface is too small and doesn’t meet the neighbourhood’s demand.

“It’s political,” Clark said. “Somehow the baseball people have the sole custody of this field, which is wrong. We’re taxpayers and it’s a public park.”

‘High quality’ baseball diamond

The City of Ottawa said it told the group on several occasions not to flood the baseball diamond outfield because of an investment to develop it into a “fairly high quality” playing field for the East Nepean Little League.

The site, which has been used for 60 years as a baseball diamond, is named after Doug Frobel, a former Major League Baseball player born in Ottawa.

“We’re concerned, as are the baseball folks, that the compaction from the snow and the ice is going to kill the turf in the outfield,” said Dan Chenier, the general manager of the city’s parks, recreation and cultural Services.

“We’re not trying to be a Grinch…But going about it this way is not the way to work with us.”

Dan Chenier is Ottawa’s general manager of parks, recreation and cultural services. (Ashley Burke/CBC News)

He added that the field needs to be in “good shape” when the little league season starts in May.

“We need good grass in that outfield,” he said.

Councillor denies encouraging flooding

Clark said Coun. Rick Chiarelli, who represents the neighbourhood, told six members of the group at a breakfast in the fall that they should just go ahead and flood the outfield without the city’s permission.

“He said, ‘Go ahead and flood the outfield, but only the outfield, leave the infield alone,'” Clark said.

“No I didn’t say that,” Chiarelli told CBC News. “I didn’t tell them to do it.”

‘Maybe they wanted it so badly they’re misinterpreting things they heard.’-  Coun. Rick Chiarelli

Chiarelli said he understands the group wants a larger rink, but added that plans are underway to redevelop the park with a bigger rink in the future.

The City of Ottawa locked the water supply near the baseball diamond to stop the community association from flooding the diamond. (Ashley Burke/CBC News)

He said the group should have listened to city staff when ordered to stop flooding the field.

“You can’t just put a rink anywhere you want on city property. Maybe they wanted it so badly they’re misinterpreting things they heard,” he said. “I’m realizing I’m going to get a lot of teasing at council because here I am with my constituents putting up a vigilante rink in the middle of the night.”

Baseball league worried about damage

Resident Brian Inouye doesn’t understand what the big deal is. He had hoped to take his four-year-old daughter Nora to skate on the rink in the outfield.

“I think common sense has gone missing here,” Inouye said. “There’s an empty field and lots of kids and neighbours who want to put the rink together and do the work. There doesn’t seem to be any reason to get in the way of that.”

Resident Brian Inouye and his four-year-old daughter Nora had hoped to use an outdoor rink on the baseball diamond. (Ashley Burke/CBC News)

But the city said the East Nepean Little League is concerned the baseball diamond it pays to use has been damaged by the flooding. The city hopes that the field hasn’t been ruined by the rink, which was stopped soon after the flooding began.

Chiarelli said the community association created the unapproved rink with a new $25,000 water tap, which was installed outside for a future splash pad, as well as to help to create the smaller, approved rink.

The city said it will turn the water back on if the association promises to only flood in the approved location.

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