Carlington community gears up for an active year
from Ottawa West News
The Carlington Cup neighbourhood shinny tournament will be back for another year in 2013, just one of the things decided on by the Carlington Community Association at their planning meeting last week.
Last winter's Carlington Cup turned out to be such a successful event that it will now be remembered as the inaugural tournament and the action this winter will be focused on the community's focal point, Alexander Park.
With cold weather on its way and rink time not too far behind it, association president Josh McJannett wanted planning to begin early so that everything will be in place once blades hit the ice.
"It was a really cool process last year," he said. "A number of the volunteers from last year are still willing to help out."
The rink draws its volunteers with the help of the Alexander Community Association, which operates in conjunction with the Carlington Community Association. Funding from the city allows for some paid positions at the rink, which serves as an opportunity for local youth who have first aid training.
While planning matters filled the agenda at the Oct. 9 meeting, there was some community association housekeeping to attend to. A recent vacancy on the board has the association looking for an eligible community member to fill the position. Another item the association is moving forward with is its fundraising proposal - a way of financing community events and initiatives. A fundraising committee was struck this past June to discuss ways to make the association more financially stable.
"Our mandate is growing, and membership fees won't be enough," said McJannet.
The committee is leaning towards enticing local business and non-profits into sponsorship arrangements for events, as well as some level of online representation on the association's website, a strategy that has already been carried out by the Hintonburg Community Association.
"I think we've got a good proposition there," said McJannett. "Things are really going in the right direction - I think that's good value to a businessperson."
Specifics on just what that content will look like will be decided by the committee and put forward to the rest of the board membership for approval.
This past weekend, members of the association and a number of volunteers were busy cleaning up Alexander Park as part of their "Greening Carlington" initiative.
In addition to picking up litter on Saturday, Oct. 13, the volunteers planted a number of tulip bulbs to add some colour to gardens during next year's spring thaw.
"We've done a clean-up for a number of years, but this year is different," said board member Sarah Dalle at the planning meeting. "We received a donation of tulips from the NCC in the spring and spent the summer months figuring out where to plant them."
A lengthy list of residential properties, schools and churches will benefit from the bulbs, as will the volunteers, who were each given some bulbs to plant at home.
A final order of business at the planning meeting was an update from the fledgling development committee, headed by Phil Bartlett. As with many other community associations, the Carlington Community Association is ramping up its focus on planning and development matters.
The development committee is working on its mission statement and will monitor rezoning proposals.
The current state of Merivale Road was a main issue at the meeting. Though designated as a Main Street, it is used as a thoroughfare, said Bartlett. He would like to see ways of reducing speed on that stretch discussed.