Environment and Transportation

The Environment and Transportation Committee champions issues affecting our greenspace, streets, and sidewalks.

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Kids’ Bike Rodeo Day Registration
Results of the 2018 Survey: Top environmental issues for Blackburn Hamlet
Garage Sale Map
Upcoming Events
Details for the Out Is In Park Day event

Garage Sale Map

Each spring, families in Blackburn Hamlet can opt to have their garage/yard sales on the same day in May (May 5 in 2018) to help draw big, big crowds from all over town. The BCA is compiling a list of sales in order to create a public map of participating homes and streets. You can list your block instead of exact address if you would like to protect your privacy ahead of the sale. Send a location, hours, and a short description of items (e.g. “baby clothes”, “records”, “fitness equipment”) to garagesale@blackburnhamlet.ca.

The map will be embedded here once it has been created. We’ll be sure to tweet out a link when it’s ready, so follow us on Twitter or Facebook!

Upcoming Events

The following events are brought to you by the Environment and Transportation Committee.

April 21, 2018
  • 18th Annual Blackburn Hamlet Spring Clean-up

    April 21, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Blackburn Hamlet Community Hall, 190 Glen Park Dr, Gloucester, ON K1B 5A3, Canada

    Every April, people across Canada celebrate Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than by cleaning up the hamlet. This is our community’s opportunity to make the neighbourhood shine!According to the Environment and Transportation committee’s survey, one of the top environmental concerns in Blackburn Hamlet is litter in public places, and while reducing the amount of litter is the ultimate goal, the Spring Clean-Up is a great place to start tackling this issue!Anyone can participate!• If you are new to the community and are looking to meet some friendly faces, the annual Spring Clean-up is a great place to start; • If you are a high school student looking for volunteer hours, please come on out; • If you are a family with children attending school in the area (now or previously), there’s room for you too; and • For those of you who love Blackburn’s first social community event of the spring season, come on down, we’d love to see you too! We’ll provide all the necessary tools – You just have to show up!We will provide garbage bags, latex gloves and a suggested area for litter pick-up. If you want, bring your own gloves to help keep your fingers warm and dry! Following the neighbourhood clean-up, join us back at the Community Hall at 11:30 am for the annual group photo, and a BBQ complements of the Blackburn Community Association. Questions?If you have any questions, contact the Blackburn Hamlet Environment Committee at: enviro@blackburnhamlet.ca  Brought to you by the Environment and Transportation Committee.

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April 28, 2018
  • Kids' Bike Rodeo Day (3 Sessions)

    April 28, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Good Shepherd School, 101 Bearbrook Rd, Gloucester, ON K1B 3H5, Canada

    Saturday, April 28 is Bike Rodeo Day in Blackburn Hamlet (Rain Date Saturday, May 5) The Blackburn Community Association’s Environment and Transportation Committee is planning a Bike Rodeo for kids in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5. The Bike Rodeo will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic School. Check In will start at 9:30AM for Session 1, Session 2 at 11:15AM and Session 3 at 1PM. Please note that these times have been changed from our first advertisements of the event. Full details, waiver, and online registration at http://blackburnhamlet.ca/environment/ Brought to you by the Environment and Transportation Committee.

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May 5, 2018
  • Annual Community Garage Sale

    May 5, 2018
    Private sales around the Hamlet

    Each spring, families in Blackburn Hamlet can opt to have their garage/yard sales on the same day in May to help draw big, big crowds from all over town. The BCA is compiling a list of sales in order to create a public map of participating homes and streets. You can list your block instead of exact address if you would like to protect your privacy ahead of the sale. Send a location, hours, and a short description of items (e.g. "baby clothes", "records", "fitness equipment") to garagesale@blackburnhamlet.ca. The map will be shared on our website the week before the sale; check the main page and events page for links. Rain date May 6. Brought to you in conjunction with the Environment and Transportation Committee.

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June 9, 2018
  • Out-is-in Park Day

    June 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Diceman Park, Blackburn Hamlet, Ottawa, ON K1B, Canada

    What: Blackburn Hamlet Community Association’s Environment & Transportation Committee in collaboration with Earth Path and Ecology Ottawa is holding its first ever “Out-is-In” Park Day. This is a free event for people of all ages that will include a community picnic, music, interpretative nature walks, and various activities for people of all ages.

    All day activities include a Blackburn Hamlet tree planting consultation, BYOP community picnic, and Ecology Ottawa's Tree Table. Two nature walks will be hosted by leaders from Earth Path; registration required.

    All details of the schedule details and registration details for the nature walks are posted on the BCA Environment & Transportation Committee webpage

    Please note that we may amend the schedule to accommodate additional activities. As such, please tune back in prior to the event for finalized schedule.

    Volunteer?

    Are you interested in helping out? Please contact us at enviro@blackburnhamlet.ca

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Out-is-in Park Day

What: June is recreation and parks month and the Blackburn Hamlet Community Association’s Environment & Transportation Committee in collaboration with Earth Path and Ecology Ottawa is holding its first ever “Out-is-In” Park Day. This is a free event for people of all ages that will include a community picnic, music, interpretative nature walks, and various activities for people of all ages.

When: Saturday June 9th, 2018 from 10am to 3pm

Where: Harold Diceman Park, 30 Diceman Crescent, Ottawa. The event will primarily take place at the north end of the park near the play structure.

Rain: This event will be cancelled in the event of moderate to heavy rain.

Schedule:

Please note that we may amend the schedule to accommodate additional activities. As such, please tune back in prior to the event for finalized schedule.

All day activities (10 am – 3pm)

  • Blackburn Hamlet tree planting consultation: A table will be set up providing residents with information concerning Blackburn Hamlet’s urban forest. We will also be seeking your ideas, and input on how we can work to “green” the Hamlet. Whether you have ideas about what kinds of trees or bushes we should be planting, where they should be located, or who should be engaged this will be an opportunity for you to provide your input.
  • Community Picnic: Come out, meet your neighbours and have a meal or snack. Some picnic blankets will be available. Why not try a zero-waste picnic? Bring your drinks in reusable bottles and food in reusable Tupperware, without cellophane wrapping or packaging?
  • Ecology Ottawa’s Tree Table: Come and learn about trees, examine leaves and identify tree species. Ecology Ottawa will also be handing out trees on a first come basis to residents wanting to “green” their front and backyards.

 

11am – 12pm Earth Path Family Walk (registration required – see below)

Join nature mentor Bryarly from Earth Path on this interactive journey through Diceman Park to tune into the plants and animals that live here. We will play nature awareness games, go on a scavenger hunt, and if there’s time, we will make a nature craft to take home with you.

Maximum number of participants: 12 (adults and children).

Maximum of three children per adult.

1pm – 2pm Earth Path Adult Nature Walk (registration required – see below)

Take a leisurely walk through Diceman Park with field walk leader Bryarly from Earth Path and learn about its natural environment including herbaceous plants, trees, and geological history.

Maximum number of participants: 10 (adults).

Registration for the nature walks and additional information:

  • Registration will be on a first come basis.
  • To REGISTER please contact Sarah by calling (613) 796-6306.
  • To note, we will have a wait list and those from this list will be contacted in the In the event the nature walks are completely booked, we will have a wait list which we will contact in case of cancellation.
  • What to bring/wear: Please come dressed appropriately for the weather, with sturdy walking shoes or boots that you don’t mind getting muddy. Optionally, can bring backpack, water bottle, notebook and bug protection. Walks will happen sun or light sprinkle, but will be cancelled in the event of moderate to heavy rain.

 

Code of Conduct

We expect that all those participating in the event will respect and abide all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations. Furthermore, please note that the consumption, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in addition to the use of bbqs, open air fires and fireworks.

Volunteer?

Are you interested in helping out? Please contact us at enviro@blackburnhamlet.ca.