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What’s that star in Half Moon Bay Park?

Falling Star
Falling Star

As reported by HMBCA in April 2012, artist Don Maynard's sculpture Falling Star was selected to be installed atop our toboggan hill at Half Moon Bay Park.

Hard to miss, this 15 foot high cast aluminum star has already made a delightful impact on our community, and adds to the beauty of our central park.

This installation is part of the city's Public Art Program. The Public Art Program commissions artists’ works for display in public spaces. One percent of funds for municipal development projects are set aside for public art to enhance the space and make art accessible to everyone.

The City’s Public Art Program initiated a two-stage public art competition for Half Moon Bay Park. The selection criteria for this work of public art included such considerations as artistic excellence, experience of the artist, site integration, reflection of the profile and character of the community, and sustainability.

About Falling Star

An omen of good luck and harbinger of change and new beginnings, Falling Star will be a beacon of magical possibilities and imagination in a new and rapidly growing neighbourhood. Balanced on one of its five points, the 15-foot high cast aluminum star will be anchored in the ground, bridging the immense gap between the galaxy above and our place on earth. Maynard will transform the surface of the aluminum, covering it in organic, hand-carved markings, crevasses, protrusions and deep gouges alluding to the stars’ long and awe-inspiring journey. A bold and elegant response to the celestial theme dominantly featured in the park’s design. Falling Star will shimmer during the night from the hundreds of holes drilled into the star, the emanating light-making reference to the celestial bodies and constellations above.

Make sure to head out to the park and check in out up-close!

Cambrian Road Widening Environmental Assessment Public Open House – June 18

Open House #2
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
5 to 8 p.m.
Walter Baker Sports Centre -2nd Floor Cafeteria
100 Malvern Drive  

This is your opportunity to see the plans and designs for the future of Cambrian Road. Cambrian Road runs through the heart of the Half Moon Bay Community, and it's important that your voice is heard!

*The following content is courtesy of the City of Ottawa

Did you know that the City of Ottawa is preparing for the future widening of Cambrian Road from two to four lanes between the future re-alignment of Greenbank Road to Jockvale Road? If not, this is your opportunity to find out more.

The widening project isn't new -- both the previously approved Barrhaven South Community Design Plan, (June 2006) and the City of Ottawa Transportation Master Plan (2008) identify widening Cambrian Road from two to four lanes to accommodate future growth in the community.

Why should you attend this Open House?  

By attending, you'll find out about the alternative solutions and technically preferred plan for the Cambrian Road widening project.  As well, you will have the chance to discuss the study with the project team and provide your input on the proposals to accommodate future transportation demands, cycling and pedestrian needs, stormwater management, and current and future community needs and their cost implications.
This study is being planned in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, 2011, which is an approved process under theEnvironmental Assessment Act. 

For additional information, visit or contact:

Nelson Edwards, Project Manager
Pleanning and Growth Management Department
613-580-2424 ext. 21290

The Barrhaven South Recreation Complex is now the Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven

This content is courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

The new recreation complex under construction in Barrhaven South is now officially named the Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven.

Minto Group Incorporated was officially recognized by Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, and Ward Councillor Jan Harder as the latest sponsor in the City’s Community Champions Program. Roger Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the Minto Group Inc. also received a Certificate of Recognition in the Leader Category.

“Minto has a long and distinguished history in Ottawa through their development of neighbourhoods and their extensive community relations work” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Their sponsorship of this complex will enhance the lives of the many families living in and around the Barrhaven South area.”

This 15 year Community Champions sponsorship commitment has a value of $1.45-million. The funding will help with the installation of an outdoor artificial field with lighting at the 160,000-square-foot complex. The new facility also features a six-lane, 25-metre pool, two NHL-sized rinks, a gymnasium, fitness centre, and seven multi-purpose rooms.

“We feel a corporate responsibility to give back to the communities that have helped make us so successful,” said Roger Greenberg, CEO of the Minto Group. “This partnership with the City demonstrates our belief that sports and recreation programs are one of the mainstays of a healthy, active community and it shows Minto’s commitment to support a neighbourhood where so many of our customers and employees live, work and play.”

“I speak on behalf of the many families in Barrhaven South when I say that I am so pleased to have Minto partner on this much-needed recreation facility in this growing community,” said Ward Councillor Jan Harder.”In addition, the lit field and artificial turf will extend the playing season for many children, youth and adult leagues and avoid closures caused from heavy rain or snowfall.


For more information and renderings of the new complex, visit our Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven page.

Realigned Greenbank Road and Transitway Extension Public Open House – June 11

What: Realigned Greenbank Road and Southwest Transitway Extension (South Of Cambrian Road) Public Open House
When: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 5-8pm (Presentation at 6pm)
Where: Stonebridge Golf & Country Club, 68 Hawktree Ridge

The City of Ottawa is carrying out a study to develop a recommended plan for the southerly extension of Realigned Greenbank Road and the Southwest Transitway from their planned terminus at Cambrian Road. The study will examine the need to extend either or both facilities as far south as Bankfield Road. The intent of the project is to accommodate projected transportation demand (all modes) arising from the developing community of Barrhaven South, and to accommodate travel demand between Barrhaven South and the Village of Manotick. This study is being planned under Schedule "C" of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007), which is approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

Environmental assessment study area [ PDF - 246 KB ]

If you are not available to attend the meeting or would like additional information, please visit the project website at or direct your comments to the contact person listed below. The presentation material will be available on the project website after June 11, 2013.

Frank McKinney, P.Eng.
Program Manager, Transportation Planning – Environmental Assessments Unit
Planning and Growth Management Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 28540