The Dalhousie Community Associaiton (DCA) consists of your neighbours who live in the western half of Ottawa's Somerset Ward, including Chinatown, Little Italy, and LeBreton Flats. We work to improve the neighbourhood by getting involved in projects that affect our neighbourhood.
You are welcome to join us on the first Wednesday of each month at the Dalhousie Community Centre at the corner of Empress and Somerset Street West.
DCA July Update: Priorities, Park Updates and More!
1) AGM Update
2) DCA Priorities Project Update
3) McNabb Park Re-Opening: July 5th 11-4
4) Get involved in a DCA committee!
1) AGM Update
On June 16th, the DCA held it's annual general meeting at the Dalhousie Community Centre. There, we heard from Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar, who updated us on some of the matters affecting the neighbourhood at the federal level, including home delivery of mail and the NCC LeBreton Flats process, and Councillor Catherine McKenney, who provided an update on some of the matters affecting the ward and goals she has for improving how the community can interact with the city. The DCA also released the results of the Dalhousie Priorities Project, details of which are below.
The DCA board was also elected. Thanks to all those that have opted to join the board, as well as those who have served in the past year.
2) DCA Priorities Project Update
At the Annual General Meeting, the DCA released the results of the Dalhousie Priorities Project, which had been running through the winter and spring.
The goal was to work towards achievable and tangible hyper-local projects. They needn't be large, complicated or expensive. They may require a small change or action by the city, but just as easily could be something that we as residents can take care of ourselves. The goal is to find ways to make our neighbourhood a little bit better.
This is a list pushing for community gardens, small ways to improve walking or biking facilities, and adding to our neighbourhood.
We'll be telling you more about how these roll out in the coming months. But ultimately, we will need your help to get them done. If you are interested in more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, you can see the full plan at the DCA website.
3) McNabb Park Official Re-Opening
The renovations to McNabb Park, including the construction of new playground equipment, a skateboard park, and a tremendous gate/public art project are now complete. To celebrate, an official opening will be taking place this weekend, with prizes, free bike tune-ups and food. Details are below from the councillor's office.
McNabb Park Official Re-Opening
July 4 @ 11:00 am- 4:00 pm
Location: McNabb Park, 435 Bronson Ave., corner of Bronson and Gladstone
McNabb Park will officially re-open this Saturday at 11 a.m. and it promises to be a fun day with activities for families, sports enthusiasts and music lovers!
Speakers include Councillor McKenney, Mayor Jim Watson, artist Tim desClouds, who designed the beautiful entrance gate, and skateboard community representative, Aaron Cayer.
After the ribbon cutting, there will be the unveiling of the commemorative plaque in memory of Charlie Bowins in the skateboard park.
Refreshments will be served and there will be a BBQ provided by Union Local 613.
Afternoon skate park activities, organized by Antique Skate Shop, will include Charlie Bowins Best Trick, game of skate, and an open skate. Prizes will be rewarded to anyone smiling and skating.
There will also be live music around noon featuring the local Harea Band.
Plus lots more fun things to do, including:
Little kids area – hullahoops and bubbles
Bike Rodeo: City of Ottawa information tables on bike safety etc., free bike bells and lights
Care about transportation issues, local planning, greenspace, or want to help organize events in the neighbourhood? The DCA will be re-invigorating it's committees in the next few months. You need not be a member of the board to be a committee member, and the time commitment will be as little (or as much!) as you would like. Committees will meet locally at mutually convenient times.
Currently we are looking to have four committees:
1) Planning: Which focuses on development applications and other such issues in the neighbourhood.
2) Transportation: Looking at improving how we get around in the community, including pushing for better pedestrian and cycling facilities and keeping roads safe for residents.
3) Greenspace and Gardening: This will focus on improving the greenspace in our neighbourhood, including community and guerilla gardening.
4) Outreach: This will focus on the outward facing elements of the DCA, including organizing public events and communicating with members.