Elizabeth Ballard Committee Co-Chair
Sam HarrisCommittee Co-Chair

Parks Committee

Parks Committee Mandate   (Approved 2013)

The GCA Parks Committee (GPC) promotes parks and parklands in the Glebe area. It invites representation from users of each of the Glebe area parks.

The GPC values the recreational and pastoral qualities of our too limited green spaces and seeks to enhance our parks’ beauty, appreciation, benefits and security for a diversity of users.

The GPC collaborates with the City and the NCC to provide community oversight of parks and parkland in the Glebe, consulting on community needs, heritage landscaping, parkland acquisition, new park development, and recommending actions to the GCA.

As part pf an evidence-based approach to community needs, the GPC maintains an inventory of the Glebe’s designated parks, noting dates of major improvements, scheduled maintenance programs including life-cycle maintenance, permitted usages, age-sets served by existing equipment, and access.

The Committee identifies needed capital investments in our parks based on community-identified gaps in service. It develops principles for prioritizing the allocation of annually available Cash in Lieu of Parkland (CILP) funds, and works with other GCA committees to design projects and develop budget requests for investments not always covered by the City’s budget. It recommends these investments to the GCA for submission to the City.

The Glebe Parks Committee tries to facilitate community consultation with the City Parks and Recreation Department on the design of Glebe area park upgrades, and to participate in the preparation of the City’s Master Plan for Parks, hoping to address issues related to urban parks and intensification. It works to acquire new park areas.

GCP representatives visit their parks and notify City staff when maintenance is needed. Park representatives are encouraged to coordinate park users and park neighbours to become active participants in ‘Adopt A Park’ groups under the City’s program, participating in spring and fall park clean ups. The GPC invites and encourages collaboration with any existing groups that have pre-established Adopt A Park initiatives in the area, and encourages the formation of neighborhood groups working on park maintenance, security and development.

GPC encourages community participation in its efforts. We share our deliberations by posting minutes of meetings on the GCA website, invite comments through, and encourage involvement in park activities around your favourite parks.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact us at
Central Park East and West, Patterson Creek Park, Lionel Bretton Park, newly renamed Sylvia Holden Park (with the wading pool), Brown’s Inlet, Capital Park, Chamberlain Park, Memorial Park and Lansdowne Park park in the Glebe proper, and the adjacent parks Senator Eugene Forsey Park in Dows Lake and Dalhousie South Park in Dalhousie South/Glebe Annex.

Committee Minutes/ Reports

Thanks Ministers McKenna and Joly!

Residents of the Glebe and Old Ottawa East are thrilled with the new access points to the Canal at Patterson Creek and the foot of Clegg Street.  We thought we should thank our MP and [...]

Groups propose new access points on canal for canoes and kayaks

GCA's and Old Ottawa East Community Association's request for new access points on the canal covered in the April 21st Ottawa Citizen article by Alison Sandstrom.

Community associations propose downtown canal access for kayaks and canoes

GCA's proposal for downtown canal access for kayaks and canoes discussed in Metro News  

GCA and Old Ottawa East Community Association advocate for Rideau Canal boat access

Dear Minister McKenna and Minister Joly, We write to you today to advocate for increased access to the Rideau Canal for canoers and kayakers in central Ottawa.  Read the rest of our letter here.  

Parks Report to the Board

Parks Report to GCA Feb 2015

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