Byron Path Parade and Fundraiser – June 18th at 10am

An all ages friendly parade will take place next Saturday, June 18th starting at 10am.

Meet at the Byron Linear Tramway Park (just east of Island Park on the pathway) at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring instruments and noise makers – the more the better. I encourage you to wear something silly and/or colourful too. It is a parade after all. 🙂

Participants will walk/roll along Byron Pathway, celebrating the pathway our community has been fighting for, then cross at Hilson, and head to Iona Park where there will a bubble party! I have no idea what a bubble party is, but it sounds exciting!

There will be coffee and lemonade as well as a bake sale at Iona. Proceeds will go to the OMB appeal for the Convent Site.

Please contact grace.anita@gmail.com for details/questions.

WVCA response to "Outcry scuttles Byron Linear road"

Dear Ottawa This Week,

The Board of the Wellington Village Community Association (WVCA) feels that the ‘Byron Linear Park versus the residents of Shannon Street’ reporting on the debate over vehicle access to the Westboro convent redevelopment – as characterized in the May 25 article “Outcry scuttles Byron Linear road” – is both unfortunate and inaccurate.

The opening sentence of the article stated that “The Byron Linear Park has come out on top over the residents of Shannon Street in the debate over vehicle access to the Westboro convent redevelopment.”

On the matter of a proposed southern access for the convent property, community members have expressed, at the WVCA Annual General Meeting and through other fora, their concern and sympathy for the plight of Shannon residents as well as their opposition to the proposed cut through the Byron Park.

Community members’ clear sentiment is that the interests of local residents and the broader community appear to have carried little weight in decision-making by the city on this issue to this point.

Above all else, the WVCA Board believes that residents should not be pitted one against another in a case where we all have the best interests of the community in mind. We would much prefer to see attention focused on exploring alternative solutions.

WVCA response to May 21 Ottawa Citizen article

Your May 21 article, “No road will cut through Byron linear park”

gives the impression that Councillor Hobbs is withdrawing her support for the Byron cut because she believes that the wider community would prefer to see the park preserved at the expense of the residents of Shannon Avenue. The Board of the Wellington Village Community Association would like to point out that no such view was presented to the Councillor at our Association’s annual general meeting on May 17.

At the meeting, WVCA members expressed their concern and sympathy for the plight of Shannon residents as well as an opposition to the proposed cut through the Byron Park, which was sprung on the community with limited notice. Our members also expressed their frustration with the process to date. The clear sentiment was that the interests of local residents and the broader community appear to have carried little weight in decision-making by the City.

Above all else, the WVCA Board believes that residents should not be pitted one against another when we all have the best interests of the community in mind. We would much prefer to see attention focused on exploring alternative solutions that are respectful of local residents and of the Community Design Plans that citizens and the City have invested so heavily in developing – including staff time and taxpayer dollars. In fact, a number of options worthy of further consideration were raised at our meeting.

The WVCA Board agrees with the decision to remove the issue from the May 24 Planning Committee agenda in order to allow for a clear understanding of the facts, the consideration of alternatives and broader community consultation.

THE WELLINGTON VILLAGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS