A fixture in Old Ottawa South for the last 20 years the Westboro Academy is on the move. Located in the City of Ottawa’s former training centre building in Brewer Park, in mid-August the school is moving to 1000 Brookfield Road, a former French Catholic elementary school, near Bank and Heron.
Brewer Park North has been selected as one of ten parks across the city for the Solid Waste Green Bin in Parks Pilot Project.
The Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa (FCA), an umbrella organization of Ottawa community associations, has awarded their inaugural Award for Media Excellence to OSCAR contributor Ed Kucerak. The award was for “Excellence in-depth reporting on 2017 municipal/ neighbourhood issues”, and was given for a two-article report Ed wrote for the May 2017 OSCAR. The winning articles looked at the public consultation on Brewer Park’s renewal. The report, comprising two separate articles, included many photographs and interviews with both Councillor David Chernushenko and local residents.
Originally published in the May 2017 OSCAR.
The first public consultation on Brewer Park’s renewal, which took place on March 23, 2017, demonstrated that the community truly cares about the park’s future. An overwhelming number of local residents turned out to the meeting, all eager to provide their feedback and input.
The meeting was an initial step that marked the start of a multi-year process of listening, planning, seeking funding and then implementing the re-development of the park.
Saturday, May 5, 2015 saw many volunteers join the Community Tree Planting Day at Brewer Park as part of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Brewer Park Pond Restoration Project. The re-constructed pond will evolve over time with the new vegetation.
A park, a pool, a pond, an arena, a roadway. Ever wonder about the name associated with the south-west section of the neighbourhood? Was Old Ottawa South once a hotbed for beer-making activity? Well, maybe. But more important to the area was one Thomas H. Brewer, early resident of Ottawa South. He was a founder of the Ottawa South Municipal Association and a chairman of the Ottawa Amateur Sports Association. From the Ottawa Evening Citizen October 21, 1936, his obituary: