Westboro Youth Centre Board Members Wanted

posted Jun 28, 2012 6:37 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association


The Westboro Youth Centre is looking for board members.  The Westboro Youth Centre offers  recreational programs for youth 10-17 years of age. This program is held in Steacy Hall (aka "the Gym") on the second floor of All Saints' Anglican Church on Friday evening. The program is supported by funds from the local community including  businesses, individuals, the All Saints Church and  the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. A youth counsellor organizes sports, activities and outings.  It is well attended. If you are interested in sitting on the board, please send your name and contact information to wyc@allsaintswestboro.com  Be involved in your community and make a difference.

 WBCA Executive

Meet You at the Van

posted Jun 27, 2012 6:50 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association


Youths aged 6 to 13 years can meet every Thursday night (5 to 7 pm) at the All Saints Church Hall for sports and activities July 5 to August 30.  The entrance is at the rear of the building off Madison. Look for the Dovercourt van.  The program is sponsored by the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, Carlington Community Health Centre and United Way Ottawa. For more information, please contact Breanna Gibbon at 613-722-4000 extension 325 or bgibbon@carlington.ochc.org

WBCA Executive

Van Lang Playgroup Monkey Rock Music

posted Jun 27, 2012 5:17 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 27, 2012 5:27 AM ]


The Roy Duncan Park will host a playgroup in the park featuring Monkey Rock Music. The programs will be held every Monday from July 9 to August 20 at 9:30-11:30. The program is a fun, entertaining and creative music program for young children and their caregivers. Snacks provided. For more information, please call Anisa at 613-722-4000 extension 236.

 The program is sponsored by the Ontario Early Years Centre, the Carlington Community Health Centre and Mothercraft Ottawa.


WBCA Executive

Beach Closed Record Number of Days- WBCA to Issue Annual Report Card on City Action

posted Jun 27, 2012 5:04 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association


The Westboro Beach Community Association (WBCA) will monitor the City of Ottawa’s 50- year plan to improve water quality at Westboro Beach and issue an annual report card to the community. Westboro Beach was closed to swimmers 26 days in the summer of 2011.

 In October 2011, the city approved a 50-year $43 million plan aimed at cutting the amount of stormwater that pollutes Westboro Beach and the Ottawa River. Unfortunately, only $2 million will be spent this year. The WBCA will track city expenditures and actions and will issue a passing or failing grade in an annual report card. The factors determining the passing or failing grade will be projects implemented, money spent and days the beach is closed to swimming.

 The planned retrofit program will help manage stormwater from the Westboro neighbourhood as well as the Pinecrest Creek watershed which drains into the Ottawa River just north of the beach. Westboro was built without the proper infrastructure to control water run-off from the surrounding streets. Infill and redevelopment in the area have also contributed to the problem.  The retrofit plan includes stormwater ponds and pilot programs such as water cisterns, rain gardens and porous pavement on city properties.  Other measures include narrowing parts of streets, building rock-filled trenches and creating rain gardens to catch run-off. The program also calls for two oil and grit separators and pair of stormwater management ponds.

 Any Westboro Beach resident wanting to get involved in monitoring the beach quality and working on the annual report contact should contact Ben Abraham or Mari Wellman or Bonnie Campbell.

Archives of Beach Quality for 2011


 Pinecrest Creek/Westboro Stormwater Manager Retrofit Study


WBCA Executive

Beach Opening BBQ Has Been Cancelled

posted Jun 2, 2012 5:21 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association


I am sorry to announce that the Beach Opening BBQ has been cancelled.  Once again the weather is not cooperating.  I looked at both weather websites and rain is likely.  Even if there is no rain, the weather will be cloudy and cold.

Thank-you for those who contributed books/baked goods/etc. or volunteered to work at the BBQ.  Even though the BBQ is not going ahead your help is appreciated.

WBCA Executive

Beach Opening BBQ

posted May 18, 2012 6:39 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association


The annual WBCA beach opening barbaque is a longstanding tradition that we hope you will attend.  Not only is it a good way to meet your neighbours for an afternoon of fun in the sun, but this is also the WBCA’s primary fundraiser.  We need your support to continue to host community events and to provide community feedback on issues that affect both our neighbourhood and the city.

Date: Saturday, June 2nd
Location: Under the trees at the entrance to the Beach Café pavilion patio.
Time: Food will be available from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Traditional barbaque foods such as hamburgers and hotdogs will be available.  For the non-meat eaters, we will be serving veggie burgers.  An assortment of pop, juices and water will be available.   We will have tap water that you can fill up your own water containers with.

The barbecue’s activities are as follows:

  • Barbaque
  • Scavenger hunt

How can you help?  We need volunteers to make the Westboro Beach Opening Barbeque a success.  If you would like to volunteer to work at the Beach Opening Barbeque, contact the WBCA at info or telephone Peter Bruton at 613 798-0880. 

Bake Sale: Anyone who wishes to donate baked goods can drop them off at 272 Atlantis Avenue on June 1 or drop them off at the BBQ.

Additional information will be posted as the date for the BBQ approaches.

Thank-you, WBCA Executive

Proposed Development at 335 Roosevelt Avenue

posted Mar 15, 2012 5:18 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Mar 19, 2012 4:38 AM ]


Please note that there will be a public meeting of Westboro and residents who remain very concerned about Uniform Urban Development's proposed 14 and 16 storey towers on the Fendor site.  This will have serious impacts in Westboro Beach, including winter shadowing.  The case is now before the OMB.  Please come out to show your support! 

Date - Thursday, March 22
Time - 7:00 pm
Location - 345 Richmond Road Churchill Seniors Centre (upstairs)

See the attached flyer for additional details.

WBCA Executive

Wellington West Community Design Plan

posted Jan 16, 2012 5:23 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Mar 16, 2012 8:51 AM ]


The following post is to inform residents of the Westboro Beach area about a public forum for a Community Design Plan for the Wellington West area.

WBCA Executive


Community Design Plan: What does it say? How will it be implemented? Your chance to ask questions!

When: January 19, 2012, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: St. George’s Church, Piccadilly Ave.

The Wellington Village Community Association is holding a public forum to explore the Wellington West Community Design Plan. We hope to better understand what the CDP calls for in terms of development heights and densities along Wellington Street, and how the City envisions implementing these policies.

Invited speakers include Councillor Katherine Hobbs, who will address how the community can be better involved in the planning approvals process, and Yasir Nagvi, who will explain his proposals for reforming the process of appealing development decisions to the Ontario Municipal Board. City Planning Dept. staff will also speak.

WBCA Winter Carnival

posted Jan 5, 2012 4:24 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Mar 16, 2012 7:44 AM ]

Friendly reminder that the WBCA Winter carnival is this Saturday.

We hope to see you there.

WBCA Executive


Date – January 28th (Saturday)
Time – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location – Westboro Beach

Once again the WBCA will be holding its annual winter carnival.  This will be our third carnival and we are hoping to build on the success of last year's event. 

Events this year include:
  • tobogganing
  • bonfire
  • roasting marshmallows
  • hot chocolate
  • snow map building/colouring (hopefully the weather will cooperate)
  • snow soccer
  • build a snow sculpture
  • snow sculpture painting

Arranging the frozen blocks of snow/ice and the spray painting were a big hit with the children last year. 
We could always use more blocks of ice/snow.  This year a call is going out for more people to make snow/ice blocks.  Simply make the snow/ice blocks and bring them to the beach around 1:30 pm the day of the carnival.  If you need assistance transporting the snow/ice blocks to the beach, contact the WBCA through the website and someone will get back to you. 

Instructions for ice blocks are:
  1. fill a plastic container 3/4 full of water
  2. add a few drops of food colouring
  3. place in the freezer
  4. remove the ice block, put the ice block outside and repeat.

Instructions for snow blocks are:

  1. fill a plastic container with snow (I use the green grocery store containers)
  2. add water and mix  (I mix in enough water so that the snow sticks together)
  3. smooth the top of the snow block
  4. let the container sit until frozen
  5. remove the ice block and repeat.
  6. cut the snow blocks into smaller sizes (I used a wood saw to cut the snow  blocks last year)
While snowman building is dependent upon the temperature, snow sculpture/colouring is not.  In order to colour the snowmen and sculptures we need to gather as many empty spray bottles as possible.  If you have any old spray bottles, drop them off on the front porch of 272 Atlantis Avenue.  On the day of the event, they will be filled with coloured water and brought to the beach for the kids to use.

We will be selling hot chocolate to help offset the cost of the fire permit required by the city.  To reduce waste, please bring a mug for the hot chocolate. 

If you are interested in volunteering to help organize this event, contact the WBCA through the website and someone will get back to you.  Furthermore, if you have any ideas for activities and would be willing to help implement those ideas, contact the WBCA through the website and someone will get back to you. Keep your eyes on the WBCA website for additional information on this event.

Best Wishes
WBCA Executive

SLOWWest Celebrates Winter Solstice

posted Dec 2, 2011 4:24 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Dec 2, 2011 4:24 AM ]


If you are looking for something to do, check out the upcoming event at First United Church, 347 Richmond Road.

WBCA Executive

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