Archive for the ‘Greening’ Category

The Glad Fall Cleanup

August 24th, 2018 Comments off

"Have you ever wondered how our parks remain so clean?  The Glad Fall Cleanup is just around the corner and Carlington parks need volunteers do to a bit of raking, a bit of filling in leaf bags, and lots of community socializing.  This is the 25th year of the campaign!

Alexander and Meadowvale parks are scheduled for Saturday, September 29th, 2018, 10am-12 with a rain date on Sunday.  More parks will likely be registered so updates will follow.  If you are interested, please contact

Parks are not the only focus of the Cleaning the Capital campaign - you can register for your own project too.  For more information, check out the Glad Cleaning the Capital website."


W.E. Gowling Rainbarrel Fundraiser

May 27th, 2018 Comments off




Each rain barrel includes a leaf and mosquito filter basket, an overflow adaptor, a spigot and an overflow hose. 

Pre-ordered rain barrels will be available for pick up as early as

Saturday, June 9, 2018.




Check the link for details

Rain barrels must be pre-ordered online at: 

W.E. Gowling School Council  -


Alexander Healthful Food Working Group

May 11th, 2018 1 comment


Alexander Healthful Food Working Group

Join the meeting at 5 PM May 14


grow vegetable plants in containers

help others do the same

have fresh healthy produce right outside your door

beautify the Carlington neighbourhood

eating and cooking healthy food

Facilitated by a staff person from the Carlington Community Health Centre


Annual Carlington Community Yard and Plant Sale

April 26th, 2018 Comments off

June 2, 2018, 8:30 to 12:30 in Harrold Place Park and the rest of Carlington

Please visit our neighbouring Garage Sales too:

Champlain Park Community Garage Sale

Island Park Community

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood



Cancelled for Alexander Park and Meadowvale Park Carlington Clean the Capital

April 26th, 2018 Comments off


Spring Cleaning our Parks Sat April 28

Alexander Park 960 Silver St

Meadowvale Terrace Park 1205 Trenton Ave

10 AM to 12 Noon for both Alexander & Meadowvale

Rain date for Alexander and Meadowvale Parks Apr 29 1-3PM check social media communications for updates

Bellvue Manor starting at 10 AM

Raven Park starting at 11 AM

BBQ at the corner of Caldwell and Morriset at noon April 28




Major Planting Event at W.E. Gowling School

June 6th, 2017 Comments off

The Greening Committee (of the W.E. Gowling Parent Council) would like to extend you all an invitation to help in a monumental transformation of our school grounds by participating our Planting Event! 

June 10th from 9:30am-1:30pm we will be rallying volunteers from the community (including a number from our sponsor Telus) to help with this exciting undertaking. The day will consist of planting the raspberry, blueberry, haskap and service berry bushes as well as creating a mulch path through the Nature Study Area. We will also give some love to the trees that were planted last year by mulching around the bottom and installing watering bags. There will be a thank you BBQ and refreshments for all the volunteers!

The School Council and specifically the Greening Committee have been working hard for the past year and a half on bringing our vision for the transformation of the W.E. Gowling school grounds to light. The Committee has recently had exciting news... we have been awarded a grant through Tree Canada with partnership from Telus to plant edible tress on the school grounds. These edible trees will be planted in the Nature Study Area (which you may have noticed has already been marked off as a "NO MOW" area).

Our goal for the Nature Study area (and future Outdoor Classroom) is not only to beautify Gowling but to also provide your children with some wonderfully educational areas that can enrich their curriculum and help the students learn in as many different ways as possible. We will measure our success by how this space can/will be used. For this reason we are hoping you will engage with us to create a space you will be excited to have in your neighborhood to enhance the everyday experience of the school children and to benefit the community outside of regular school hours.

We sincerely hope that you will come out to support the school and the community in creating a more beautiful W.E. Gowling!

For more information and to RSVP (so we will plan enough food and refreshments), please email Chrissy and Jason


The Veterans Commemorative Bench Project for Canada’s 150 Birthday has been completed

November 27th, 2016 Comments off

bench1 bench2The Commemorative Bench has been installed in a fitting location, in Harrold Place Park, facing the splash pad. The location was chosen for three reasons. First, the bench has been placed in the heart of what has always been referred to as the Vets Housing in Carlington. This is believed to be some of the earliest if not the first housing constructed for returning Vets of WWII. Secondly, it is placed facing the young (the next generation) playing and having fun. Lastly, it was located there for those seeking peace and contemplation.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who helped complete the project. The funds were raised by "The Vets Kids" an organization representing the first generation of kids raised in the Vets Housing of Carlington. Members from across Canada and the USA raised the funds for the project. Also a thank-you must go to city staff for their guidance. Lastly, I would like to thank the Legion for granting permission to use the Poppy Symbol on the Plaque.

The Veterans Commemorative Bench is a way of remembering and saying thank you to all those who served.

submitted by Robert Crout