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Fall Clean Up and Tulip Planting in Alexander Park

October 26th, 2013 Comments off

Mayor Jim Watson and CCA clean up volunteersRain and 4°C  weather did not deter a dozen hardy volunteers who came to Alexander Park this morning.  The fall clean up is an annual event organized by the CCA Greening Committee.   Regular fall and spring clean-ups  are part of the CCA's commitment to the City's Adopt-a-Park program.  Mayor Jim Watson was in the neighborhood and stopped by to offer his encouragement and thanks to volunteers.



Marshall Ave

Since being adopted last year the park has seen several improvements.  New flower beds, murals, signage and regular visits over the summer by greening committee volunteers helped keep the park looking better than ever.

Alexander Park


spring summer  winter fall



Today flower beds were cleaned for winter.  New tulip bulbs were planted in the Shillington Ave bed by volunteer David Darwin.  The bulbs donated by the National Capital Commission are planted in the park and other locations in the community as part of the Carlington Tulip Initiative.  Any Carlington businesses or organization who would like bulbs to plant this year can email .



Post clean up, volunteers  retreated to the Cake Café on Merivale  to warm up with coffee and cakes.





Halloween Graveyard @ 1247 Kingston – Send Us Your Haunted Pics

October 25th, 2013 Comments off

halloween_flamingoesIs your shack the scariest on your block?

Do you have the most haunted  house in Carlington?

Send us pictures of your Halloween Haunt.



 The National Capital Graveyard at 1247 Kingston is back this year!  Over 300 trick or treaters visit the graveyard each year.

2011 National Capital Graveyard


  Best Carlington Halloween Houses 2010

#1 Zombie Land


#2 Graveyard





Ottawa West News article on CCA

October 12th, 2012 Comments off

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.ottawa_west_news

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.