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Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • OSCA's 2020 Summer Camp Guide is HERE!

    OSCA's 2020 Summer Camp Guide is HERE!

    Our 2020 Summer Camp Guide is now ready online! Print copies will be available at the beginning of January. Registration will open Thursday, January 30th at NOON online and in-person. Click "More Info" below to download a copy. We can't wait for summer!

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    The Winter 2020 Program Guide Is Here!

    Our 2020 Winter Program guide is NOW AVAILABLE online and in print. Registration is NOW OPEN. To download a copy of the guide, click "MORE INFO" below.

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A Fantastic Footbridge Finally!

In 1907, one of the arguments to convince residents of the Village of Ottawa East to vote favourably on amalgamation into the City of Ottawa was that was the city would use its influence with the Dominion Government to secure a bridge over the Rideau Canal at Mutchmor Street (Fifth Avenue) connecting to Clegg Street. Only a few years later we have implementation of this capital idea!

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Canal Wall Work Brings Detour and Path Improvements

Canal Wall Work Brings Detour and Path Improvements

Another major infrastructure project has begun along the Rideau Canal: Parks Canada’s rehabilitation of the 262 metre section of the Canal wall running from the Concord Street North to Main Street in Old Ottawa East.

This project is part of the $15 million investment into Rideau Canal wall repairs, stemming from a $3.2 billion nation-wide program to maintain assets within national parks and historic sites, and is similar in nature to the wall rebuild done over the last few years on both sides of the Canal near Bank Street.

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Seneca Proposed for Safe Crossing of Colonel By Drive

Seneca Proposed for Safe Crossing of Colonel By Drive

Through the course of 2016 and 2017, the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee has been advocating for a safe crossing of Colonel By Drive at a location somewhere between Avenue Road and Bronson Avenue. At the request of the Traffic and Safety Committee, the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission entered into discussions to determine if such a pedestrian and bicycle crossing could be possible.  It was agreed that it is indeed possible and Seneca Street has been proposed as the potential site.

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Rideau Canal Walls: Work Nearing Completion

Work to repair the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa between Bank Street and Pig Island along the Eastern shoreline began in December 2016 and is now nearing completion.

Repairs on the walls themselves are complete and new railings have been installed. Work is now underway to re-install light standards and to repair the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. The project will conclude with site re-beautification including laying sod and removing temporary construction trailers as well as other features of the construction site.

Beginning at approximately 9pm on June 8, 2017 the contractor will be removing the safety measures along the southbound lane of Colonel By Drive.  A signed detour route will be in place as this work will require the overnight closure of Colonel By Drive in this area.  A further notice will be circulated closer to the closure to confirm the date and time.

Once the contractor has fully withdrawn from the site, the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway will be reopened.  This could occur as early as June 9, 2017.

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Bank Street Bridge

South part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

South part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

North part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

North part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

1912;* restored in 1993
Infrastructure

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The Bank Street Canal Bridge carries Bank Street along a roughly north – south direction over the Rideau Canal, linking The Glebe to Old Ottawa South. It also passes over Queen Elizabeth and Colonel By drives, each of which extends along one side of the canal.

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