Let’s Help Clean Up Half Moon Bay!

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Saturday, April 23, 930am-11am (Rain Date: April 30)

Our parks need your help with Spring Cleaning! The Half Moon Bay Community Association has registered six Half Moon Bay Parks for the City of Ottawa’s Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital Campaign.

Freshwater Parkette
River Run Park
Half Moon Bay Park & Stormwater Pond
Regatta Park
Corrigan Stormwater Pond & Park
Tucana Park

We need 12 Captains to help organize the clean up projects at our 6 community parks. We are also looking for community volunteers for each team to help with the clean-up activities.

All families and student volunteers are welcome!

Student volunteer hours can be issued if arranged in advance. To participate as a captain, please contact Kris Raby via Facebook or at parks@hmbca.ca.

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

Contact:
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
E-Mail: Jeannette.Krabicka@ottawa.ca

Cambrian Rd. & Kilbirnie Dr. Safety Concern Update

Recently a member of HMBCA had raised some safety concerns about the intersection of Cambrian Rd. & Kilbirnie Dr., and Kilbirnie Dr. itself. Requested were oversized stop signs, pavement markings, a reduced speed limit, and "Children at Play" signs. The City of Ottawa has provided responses to the concerns below. If you have questions about this, or other safety concerns in the community, please contact HMBCA's Director of Safety and Security Danny Shoeman at safety@hmbca.ca.

Speed Limit

Kilbirnie Road is designated as a collector roadways as per the City of Ottawa Transportation Master Plan. The roadway has an unposted speed limit of 50km/h. A recent speed survey on Kilbirnie Road determined the average and 85th percentile vehicle travelling speeds on Kilbirnie Road. The 85th percentile speed is the speed at which eighty-five percent of vehicles are travelling at or below. The survey revealed an average and 85th percentile travelling speed of 49 km/h and 56 km/h, respectively. The speed data indicates that an unposted speed limit of 50km/h is appropriate for Kilbirnie Drive. However, we have requested that a ‘Speed Display Board’ be deployed on Kilbirnie Drive, facing southbound traffic. Speed Display Boards have proven an effective tool to reduce vehicle speeds and help remind motorists to drive in a respectful manner on City roads.

Signage

We found standard sized stop signs at each corner of the intersection. Our investigation determined that the installation of oversize stop signs is appropriate at this location. Our existing practice for the use of ‘oversize’ stop signs uses the Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) guidelines. As such, we have issued a work order for their installation of the oversized signs at the intersection of Cambrian Road and Kilbirnie Road.

We also investigated the request for ‘children at play’ signs on Kilbirnie Drive. The City does not have ‘children at play’ signs in its sign inventory. As such, we have reviewed the locations of the ‘playground ahead’ signs on Kilbirnie Drive. Our current practice for the installation of the ‘playground ahead’ sign is done in accordance with the Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM). The OTM is used by traffic practitioners to promote uniformity of treatment in the design, application and operation of traffic control devices and systems. The purpose of the ‘playground ahead’ sign is to provide advanced warning of a locally designated playground that is located adjacent to a downstream section of roadway. Our site investigation determined that the existing ‘Playground Ahead’ signs are mounted in accordance with the OTM.

Pavement Markings

The existing pavement markings on Cambrian Road and Kilbirnie Road were investigated to determine if modifications are required. The pavement markings in the section of Cambrian Road will be completed as part of the construction project previously identified. This includes stop bars at the intersection with Kilbirnie Road. The installation of the pavement markings is tentatively scheduled for early September. We also determined that the pavement markings on Kilbirnie Road should be reinstated. We have issued a work order for the existing centreline and edge lines to be reinstated.

Spring Clean Up – Thank you!

We want to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help clean up our community this morning!

Thanks to your help, the pond, Half Moon Bay Park, River Run Park, Tucana Park, Freshwater Parkette, and Regatta Park have never looked better!

Approximately 25 volunteers collected about a dozen bags of garbage from around the community.

To see some pictures of the clean up, visit our Photos page.

Spring Clean Up Day

cleaning_capital_enWhen: Saturday, May 4th starting at 9am
Where: Starting at our parks

Now that the snow has finally disappeared, we're left with quite the mess by ill-timed Winter garbage day windstorms.

There's been a lot of talk about illegal dumping, and the state of our parks and common areas, so we're organizing a Spring Clean Up Day for Saturday, May 4 starting at 9am.

With hundreds of visitors coming into HMB on May 11th for our Community Garage Sale, we want our community to look its best.

The focus in the morning will be our parks, followed by ditches and other common areas should time permit.

Team Captains will be positioned in the following areas from 9am-10am for distribution of supplies like gloves and garbage bags:

  • Stormwater pond - Sean Cusson
  • Half Moon Bay Park - Lisa Noseworthy
  • River Run Park - Ryan Knuth
  • Tucana Park - Sue McDonald
  • Regatta Park - Captain needed
  • Freshwater Park - Captain needed

If you would like to be a Captain for Regatta, or Freshwater Parks, or can help out in any capacity, please contact Lisa Noseworthy, Director of Events, at events@hmbca.ca.

You can show up for as much or as little time as you're available, any hands can help!