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Parks & Development

Post regarding parks and recreation programs available in the Half Moon Bay community area.

All outdoor rinks now closed for the season

River Run Park, Half Moon Bay Park, and Freshwater Parkette rinks are now closed for the season due to the warmer weather.

We sincerely thank our rink operators Jeff, Mike, and Keenan and the many volunteers for their hours of shovelling and braving extremely cold weather to keep these rinks going this season.

Greenbank Road Widening (Malvern to Strandherd) Detour

Heads up drivers!

Greenbank Road between Berrigan and Malvern will be closed from 11pm Saturday February 7 to 1pm Sunday February 8 as they complete and open the detour road that will be in place for a couple of years.

This detour road is located adjacent to existing Greenbank over the VIA tracks as the city begins construction of an underpass as part of the Greenbank Road widening project.

Learn more information about the Greenbank Road widening project on the City of Ottawa's website.

The Half Moon Bay Park puddle rink is open!

river-run-rink-widget-textThe extreme cold has been beneficial to our rinks and we're happy to announce that the puddle rink at Half Moon Bay Park is now open!

Our fantastic contractors and volunteers are busy working on the boarded rink at River Run Park and the puddle rink at Freshwater Parkette to get those open as soon as possible.

We'll do our best to keep the Rink Conditions up to date on our website at

Happy skating!

Have your say for the design of a new park in Half Moon Bay South

Lamprey Park

Proposed Park Concept Under Design

Mattamy Homes, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, is developing a new park in the Half Moon Bay South community. Given that the park is small -- about 0.4 hectares, as well as the corresponding budget, amenities such as a splash pad and puddle rink (which requires a heated storage unit and lighting) cannot be included in the park design. This is common practice for parkette development throughout the city.

The City understands that these amenities are highly sought after by residents and will be taken into consideration in future parks planned for Half Moon Bay South.

Two play equipment themes are being proposed:

Option A: Futuristic theme and Option B: Stone theme [ PDF 2.942 MB ] (opens in a new window)

In both cases, a set of four-seat swings will be provided as well as a slide, climbing structures, and other gross-motor skill building equipment for children typically between the ages of two to five years old.

Other park amenities include:

  • Asphalt pathways
  • Benches near the play equipment as well as those removed from the active zone for more peaceful relaxation
  • Deciduous trees for shady relief, and
  • A potential gateway entry feature to the park (still under review for feasibility)

Mattamy Homes will build the park in the spring or early summer of 2015. This is an opportunity for residents in the neighbouring community to comment on the proposed amenities for the parkette.

Project timelines

  • January 5, 2015  - Comment period closes
  • January, 2015  - Compilation of comments and potential revisions to drawings
  • Winter, 2015 - Development of construction drawings
  • Summer, 2015 - Parkette construction by Mattamy Homes

Jeannette Krabicka
Park Planner
Development Review, Branch: West
Planning & Growth management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext 20047