- Published on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 01:07
The KBCA met recently with the Forestry group at the City of Ottawa to understand what is happening with regards to Ash trees and other City pruning and removal and to understand what replanting options are available to home owners, plus what they recommend as appropriate trees for Beaverbrook as many of our trees planted in 1965 are nearing end of life or are being removed due to damage or over sized for their lots. They could not provide Beaverbrook specific tree recommendations as it is highly dependent on the specific property/location. However, they were able to provide a wealth of other information
The City of Ottawa Forestry deparatment have pulled together some information regarding the City’s available tree programs for residents, current and future tree maintenance plans and planting plans for the Beaverbrook area as well as other miscellaneous tree information that may be of some use to residents.
As a first step, residents should be aware of their property boundaries. Forestry only provides maintenance and tree planting programs for trees located on City-owned property. Residents may find GeoOttawa a helpful tool to get an idea of where their property lines are located. Link: http://maps.ottawa.ca.
A quick guide on how to use the maps application to determine your lot lines can be found here
For residents looking to plant on private property, Hydro Ottawa has put together a “Tree Planting Advice” document which may be of some use (can be found here). There is an addtional document “planning for planting” (found here) which also provides some guidelines Forestry follows when planning for planting locations .
Please note residents are not required to follow our guidelines when planting on private property; this is just meant to be used as helpful guidelines
General Information regarding Forestry Services’ Programs
For residents looking to have a tree planted on the City-owned property adjacent to their homes, the City offers a Trees In Trust Program. The City supplies and plants a tree (species selected by the resident) in trust that the resident waters the tree for the first 3 years of its life. More information on this program can be found at: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/trees-and-community-forests/trees-trust
Residents may also suggest planting locations in their community for City parks and streets. More information at: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/trees-and-community-forests/parks-and-streetscape-tree-planting
Other general information on our planting programs can be found at: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/planting
General information regarding the City’s EAB strategy can be found at: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/emerald-ash-borer
Concerning Beaverbrook Neighbourhood specifically
The NOW (Neighbourhood Operational Workplan) Program Plans for Beaverbrook: The NOW program (the City’s tree maintenance program) involves inspecting individual City trees by neighbourhood for any pruning or removal work necessary; the program runs on a 7 year cycle. The last time the Beaverbrook trees were inspected as part of this program was in 2009 so they are scheduled for inspection again this year. The work will most likely take place this winter (winter 2016/2017). Forestry will also be inspecting and conducting work on trees within all maintained parks in the Beaverbrook area in spring/summer 2017.
The Woodlot Program Plans for Ward 4: There will be extensive ash tree removals in some of the more natural woodlot areas this winter (Jan-March 2017). As of right now there are four locations on our Woodlot Rehabilitation Program list in Ward 4 (there may be more added as we are still scoping). These locations include Beaverpond Park at 243 Walden Dr, Kimmins Court Park at 250 Walden Dr, the parkland at 1018 Marconi Ave and Jim Malone Park at 400 Goldridge Dr. For the Woodlot Rehabilitation Program more typical forestry equipment (such as feller bunchers and skidders) are used to remove a large volume of ash trees (some dead non-ash species and invasive shrubs such as buckthorn) with the intention of retaining all other non-ash species. Removals take place in the winter to avoid damage to the forest floor. Clean-up of debris along pathways takes place the following spring and planting takes place in the spring and/or the fall. More information regarding the plans for these parks will be provided to the Councillor’s office and to the community association at a later date. Notifications prior to the removals will also be mailed or delivered to residents adjacent to any of the removal areas.
Planting Plans for ward 4
The City continues to replace ash trees removed on City property City wide as part of its lifecycle tree planting programs such as Trees in Trust, full street replacements and the park tree planting programs. Some parks that the City will be planning replacements for in the next year are: Allenby Park, Beaverpond Park, Ed Hollyer Park, Ernest Smith Park, Fentiman Park, Lismer Park, Ravenscroft Park, Billy Bishop Park, McKinley Park. Some of the many streets that will be receiving replacement trees in the next year: Balding Cres, Blackdome Cres, Campeau Dr, Edenvale Dr, Evanshen Dr, Flamborough Way, Hemlo Cres, Insmill Cres, Keno Way, Knudson Dr, Macassa Circle, Maricona Way, Robson Court, Scampton Dr, Shirley’s Brook Dr, Tanmount Way, Walden Dr.
Forestry’s next planting season is next fall 2016, a detailed planting list will be provided to the Councillor’s office in late August/early September.
- Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:10
Beaverbrook’s Thursday Park Night
Since May 2013, Beaverbrook families have been meeting on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm for active play and social time for kids and parents. Spring, Summer and early Fall the group meets at Stephen Leacock playground or an alternative nearby playground. When the weather gets chilly the beginning of November we move indoors to the Beaverbrook Community Centre for a few months. Then once the ice is ready at Stephen Leacock in early January, the group enjoys the outdoor rink – skating and hot chocolate.
Families take turns bringing snack for the kids. The little ones enjoy playtime together at the playground, while the older kids often play baseball, or tag. Occasionally organized activities take place like “capture the flag – the kids like taking on the parents as their competition.
Details are posted weekly on the Beaverbrook Happenings Facebook page. This is a private group, but all families are welcome to join. It has proven to be a great way to connect families to other groups and activities taking place across Beaverbrook and Kanata.
- Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:55
Local Produce and Meats available at the Community Centre
Julie Gourley and the Sustain Kanata North initiative have organized a number of opportunities for Beaverbrook (and all of Kanata North) to get fresh food directly from local Farmers delivered at the Beaverbrook Community Center.
- The Good Food Box takes monthly online orders for boxes of seasonal produce of various sizes for delivery every 3rd Wednesday Year round
- Our Farms/Kinburn Farms and Watarah Downs provide two separate Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSA) where families can contract for a box of seasonal vegetables weekly (e.g. June to Mid Oct). For more details see (What is CSA?)
- Our Farms/Kinburn Farms run a Tuesday Farmers market at the West entrance to the Beaverbrook mall from 3:30PM to 6:30PM which includes CSA pickup for their program, plus retail seasonal produce (e.g. kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, baby beets, turnips and rhubarb) and lamb to buy directly.
- Waratah Downs CSA pickup is on Wednesdays
- Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 02:38
The City of Ottawa is proposing to replace the current 1 meter pathway on the north side of Campeau between Knudson and Teron
with a 3 meter multiuse path able to accommodate both pedestrians and bicycles.
They are looking for feedback by July 8, 2016.
The full proposal can be found on the City of Ottawa Website Campeau Drive Proposed Multi-Use Pathway where you will also find an online questionnaire, plus both mail and email addresses to provide feedback.
- Published on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 03:05
7th Annual Richcraft Kanata Race Day, June 12, 8:30am to Noon, Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata (RRCK), 4101 Innovation Drive – Richcraft Kanata Race Day is a community fun run open to all ages. Register now for the 1k, 5k, 10k or Tot Trot, and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. All proceeds support the enhancement of the RRCK and its programming. Don’t miss out on the fun! For registration and more information, please visit www.kanataraceday.ca.
- Published on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 03:01
Survey requests went out via the KBCA web site, email lists, the KBCA Facebook page and the Beaverbrook Happenings Facebook page (which is managed by the Beaverbrook Thursday Night Family group). The majority of feedback was through the Beaverbrook Happenings Facebook page.
I would summarize the feedback as follows:
- Many who would consider registering are not seeing the programs they want or other reasons in 2016 as to why they won’t be registering without changes to the programs and times offered.
- Parents were looking for options for afternoons, evenings and weekends
- Time Spread between classes for parents with 3 kids (2 to 3 years apart) is much longer than in previous years
- Split level classes were suggested to:
- Shorten the overall time spent by a parent at the pool with 3 kids
- Possibly offer a wider variety of levels/classes
- Concentrated classes – say an hour a day for 5 days vs 30 min a day over two weeks – were mentioned as a preferred option to allow other weeks for summer camps, etc.
- Many parents are not aware the pool exists (community facilities problem – something the KBCA needs to address) as witnessed by a number of parents noting that they had been in the community for a few years and did not realize the pool existed.
For details see Beaverbrook Pool Swimming Lesson Survey - Summer 2016