Environment and Transportation

Upcoming Events

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


OUT-is-IN Park Day

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.

What: 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.


10 am – 3pm   All-day activities:

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.

10:30am – 11:30am  Story time with children’s staff from the Blackburn Hamlet Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (OPL)

Bring your blankets, cushions and stuffed animals and join one of Blackburn Hamlet Branch OPL’s most dynamic story tellers for an hour of family story time in the park.

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.


12:00pm– 3:00pm  Jolie Fleur Facepainting

Bring your family and get your faces painted, beautiful faces for all ages!

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).

*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.


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.


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


Le plein air, c’est à la mode! Célébrons nos parcs !

Le mois de juin c’est celui dédié aux parcs et loisirs donc le Comité sur l’environnement et le transport de l’Association communautaire de Blackburn Hamlet  en collaboration avec Earth Path et Écologie Ottawa ont organisés l’évènement “Le plein air, c’est à la mode” pour célébrer nos parcs.

Quoi: Venez profiter d’une belle journée d’activités pour tous les âge dans la nature en participant à nos marches natures (enregistrement requis), jeux pour jeunes, dons d’arbustes (montant limité), maquillage sur visages, pique-nique communautaire etc.

Quand: Samedi le 9 juin, 2018 de 10h à 15h

Où: Le parc Harold Diceman, 30, croissant Diceman, Ottawa. Cet évènement aura lieu principalement dans la section nord du parc près de la structure de jeu.

Pluie: Dans le cas de pluies modérées ou fortes l’évènement sera annulé.


10h à 15h   Activités à la journée longue 

Consultation publique sur la plantation d’arbres à Blackburn Hamlet: On cherche vos idées pour améliorer notre forêt urbaine. Vous aurez l’occasion d’apprendre davantage au sujet de nos arbres et partagez vos idées sur : quelles sortes d’arbres on devrait planter, où devrions-nous les planter et s’il-y-a des organisations avec lesquels ont devrait s’affilier.

Pique-nique communautaire zéro-déchet: Apportez votre dîner ou collations et joignez-vous à nous et rencontrez vos voisins. Il y aura quelques couvertures de pique-nique disponibles. Pourquoi ne pas essayer un pique-nique sans déchets? Apportez vos breuvages dans des bouteilles réutilisables et votre nourriture dans des contenants réutilisables, sans pellicule plastique ?

Table d’arbres et d’activités d’Écologie Ottawa: Venez apprendre au sujet des arbres, examiner des feuilles et identifiez des espèces d’arbres. Écologie Ottawa donnera aussi des arbres aux premiers arrivés pour les résidents qui veuillent reverdir leur cours avant ou arrières.

10:30h à 11h30 Storytime!

(Cet évènement aura lieu en anglais, voir les détails susmentionnés en anglais)

11h à 12h Earth Path Family Walk

(Cet évènement aura lieu en anglais, voir les détails susmentionnés en anglais)

13h à 14h Earth Path Adult Nature Walk

(Cet évènement aura lieu en anglais, voir les détails susmentionnés en anglais)

*Afin d’accommoder des activités additionnelles il est possible que nous apporterons des changements à l’horaire donc veuillez vérifier l’horaire avant l’évènement pour l’horaire finalisé.

Code de conduite:

Nous nous attendons à ce que tous ceux qui participent à l’événement respectent toutes les lois et règlements fédéraux, provinciaux et municipaux applicables. De plus, veuillez noter que la consommation, la vente ou la distribution de boissons alcoolisées est interdite en plus de l’utilisation de barbecues, de feux à ciel ouvert et de feux d’artifice.

Vous êtes intéressés à nous aider?

Veuillez communiquer avec nous par courriel au:  enviro@blackburnhamlet.ca.



Past Events

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


Kids’ Bike Rodeo / Skills Development Day

Please refer to the Event Details Info Sheet for further information. The event is for children in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5. Prière de vous reférer à la “feuille d’ information sur l’évènement” pour de plus amples informations. Les enfants de la 2e à la 5e année sont les bienvenus.

Online registration for the 2018 Kids’ Bike Rodeo is now closed. Sessions will be at 10:30 and 12:30 May 5, and we will do our best to accommodate last minute arrivals.

UPDATE:  A “wheely” good time in the Hamlet!

About 40 children rolled out to enjoy the Blackburn Hamlet Bike Skills Development Day on Saturday, May 5th.  About the same number of volunteers also pitched in to promote safe cycling practices amongst our youth.  The event was open to children in Grades 2-5 who were comfortable riding a bike unassisted.  The day covered a variety of activities such as hand signals and obstacle courses.

We’d like to thank John Balint, of the BCA Environment and Transportation Committee, and his team of great volunteers. Special thanks also go out to the Ottawa Safety Council, which supplied equipment and instructors; Envirocentre, which supplied two volunteers and free handouts; Safer Roads Ottawa, which donated informative brochures and gift items, such as reflectors and pens; and the Ottawa Public Health who provided their wonderful community health nurse.

We are now in the process of reviewing feedback with the goal of doing even better next year.  One thing’s for sure: this was an extremely worthwhile initiative and a great investment in the practical cycling knowledge of our local young people.

Please consider joining us at next year’s Blackburn Hamlet Community Biking Skills Day.  We guarantee that you will have a “wheely” good time!

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.

Blue dots are exact locations, green dots are approximate, yellow dots have lemonade. Check the individual descriptions for information about what is for sale at the various locations.

Spring CleanUp

UPDATE: The Spring CleanUp in the Hamlet Was a Huge Success!      #ThingsArePickingUP

This year was the biggest turn out ever with over 150 volunteers who cleaned up areas all over the Hamlet on Saturday, April 21st 2018. We suspect this had a little something to do with the sun finally being out this Spring!

We’d like to thank all of the volunteers for all of their help. Kendra Brett, the Environment and Transportation Director, did an excellent job transitioning to the role of organizer for the event (with no prior experience in the event!) under the helpful guidance of the longtime organizer Barb Sweazey (despite having moved away)! Thanks Barb for sharing your 18 years of experience with us! 

We’d also like to thank the Blackburn Hamlet Tim Hortons for providing free coffee, hot chocolate and Tim Bits for all the volunteers; our local Metro for their assistance with the BBQ supplies; and all of the volunteers who helped out that day!

And of course, none of this would be possible without all of the community members who came out to pick up garbage on a sunny Saturday! We picked up a mountain of garbage!

Thanks again to everyone and see you next year! 

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