We had a great time soaking the good folks of Hintonburg last weekend in the first ever Carlington vs. Hintonburg Water Showdown. After a hard-fought battle, all agreed it came down to a draw. In the end, there wasn't a dry soul to be found at Hampton Park and most had long forgotten what colour shirt they were wearing. (For the record though, Carlington wore green!)
A major thanks to Jeff Leiper and the Hintonburg crew for being such good sports, to Kevin Waghorn and Kimmy Pinard for their great planning and to everyone who came out, including Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. His dispassionate referee skills under pressure could teach Norwegian soccer refs a thing or two...
Check out these great photos, courtesy of Justin at JVL Photography!
Ottawa's west end gets wet and wild, Carlington, Hintonburg to face off in water fight
By Kristy Strauss
EMC community - There might not be any prizes on the line, but bragging rights are enough to get Carlington and Hintonburg involved in a massive water fight at Hampton Park on Aug. 18.
The time and place - high noon, on neutral territory.
"As usual, it was my ill-considered tweets," said Hintonburg Community Association president Jeff Leiper, explaining how the idea of the water fight unfolded. "We've put ourselves in so much trouble with Twitter, we really shouldn't be allowed on it."
Leiper decided to pose the challenge after following Carlington's tweets and noticing how active they were in their community.
"I thought this was a cool community," he said. "For some time, we've been thinking of strengthening our relationship with Carlington."
When Leiper presented the challenge, Carlington Community Association president Josh McJannett said he couldn't turn it down.
"I couldn't say no," he said. "I thought, maybe Hintonburg has lost their edge a little bit and traded it in for ironic T-shirts and hipster beards."
Within half an hour, the duo had agreed on a proper turf and time.
As McJannett jokes that he gets pumped in preparation to the Rocky theme every morning, Leiper voices some concern that Hintonburg might not win.
"We've been thinking about it . . . that's about it," he said.
Leiper was quick to correct himself, saying the Hintonburg team will fill up on sugar and carbohydrates to fuel up for the fight.
He said Hintonburg has been forming some diabolical plans of attack.
"Frankly, if they heard about them, Carlington wouldn't show up," Leiper said.
On a more serious note, both community association presidents feel that the event will bring both communities closer together. They also said they wanted the opportunity for both neighbourhoods to get together for something fun.
"It's not a meeting, it's not a zoning discussion, it's about having fun," McJannett said. "And, you're never too old to have a water fight - as evidenced by two grown...men who are standing here with water guns."
Leiper said the opportunity is also a great way to break the ice with a community that Hintonburg has wanted to strengthen relations with.
While the two opposite teams are facing off this year, they might find themselves on the same team next year, as the Vanier Community Association has challenged both of them to another water fight.
"We'll find out next summer if we can teach them a lesson," said Leiper.
"Maybe we'll do something on Parliament Hill and it will be east versus west. East is the least, and west is the best."
The two west communities will face off Aug. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at Hampton Park.
Residents from Carlington are asked to wear green, and Hintonburgers will be wearing blue.
McJannett said Carlington residents who want to walk over together are invited to meet at Alexander Park at 960 Silver St. at 11:15 a.m.
Let’s adopt Alexander!
Sound like a big commitment? Might help to know that Alexander is a park! In fact, our very own Alexander park, located in the heart of Carlington, next to the Alexander Community Centre at 960 Silver St.
With a basketball court, soccer field and play structure, Alexander park is used by many families and young people. In the past year, the Carlington Community Association (CCA) launched two hugely popular events there: the Carlington Cup – our annual neighbourhood shinny hockey competition – and the Carlington Family Fun Day, which drew more than 500 people on Victoria Day long weekend.
Now this fall the CCA plans to adopt Alexander park, through the City of Ottawa’s Adopt-a-Park program. In addition to organizing big clean-up campaigns twice a year, Alexander will become “ground zero” for a mass tulip bulb planting this fall, as part of the CCA's Carlington Tulip Initiative.
And we will be looking for more ideas about how to make Alexander a great asset for our community!
For more information or to get involved, contact Marc or come out to the CCA’s general meeting on September 11, 7pm at the Alexander Community Centre.
P.S.--Check out these great before/after shots from our first round of Alexander improvement!
Awhile back we posted about what all of us can do to keep Carlington clean and safe. Over the last year, Carlington residents have been stepping up their efforts to report graffiti and do their part to improve our neighbourhood.
Last night CBC Ottawa profiled those efforts and revealed that graffiti reporting doubled last year in our ward--a great sign that people are taking ownership of their community.
You can watch the video and read the full story here.
The City offers a great tool where residents who see graffiti can report it by either calling 3-1-1 or completing a short online form. From there, the vandalism is recorded and a notice is forwarded to the property owner with a requirement that they remove it as quickly as possible.
We'd be remiss if we didn't thank Councillor McRae and City of Ottawa staff for their hard work on this issue. Just last week City staff documented more than 30 instances of graffiti around Carlington and flagged them for clean up. Thank you for your support!
If you see something, say something! Getting rid of graffiti is a responsibility that belongs to all of us.