Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ritchie Walkway to Loblaws is moving

We were about to see a sudden decline in pedestrian traffic past the parkette with the removal of the pathway to Loblaws to make room for the new Habitat for Humanity house. As it turns out the Herman plan has been scrapped and a new walkway will be created at the end of Ritchie Avenue.

See the plans here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

If anyone is around on Victoria Day (Monday May 21st) we will be having a small fireworks display.

Please meet at Ritchie park around 6:30 or 7pm and we can have some snacks and then when it's dark enough we'll begin the display!

Feel free to bring peanut free snacks/juice/water to the park for all to enjoy. Thanks to the generosity of many neighbours we will have enough fireworks!

Thanks everyone and hope to see you there!!

Rain date TBD-possibly Canada Day??

And don't forget to come the following day (May 22nd) to meet with Gord Perks-see post below

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Community Meeting in the Park!

Great news everyone! Councillor Gord Perks, Parks Manager Ray Stukas and hopefully you will all be attending a community meeting at the Parkette on Tuesday May 22nd at 6:30pm. (Rain date on the following day). Read notice here. This is a rare case where politics, usually an abstract concept, makes its way down into our day to day lives. This is an opportunity for us to interact with our government and see change right in our neighbourhood.

Gord is looking for ideas, suggestions and creative thoughts to help guide "future enhancements". Our little green patch of parkette looks like it might get a little financial love. It has been busier and busier these last few years and 77 Ritchie hasn't gotten bigger despite all the new developments in the area. Perhaps that is where the money is coming from? Come next week and find out.

A lot of ideas have been floated by various neighbours and it would be great if we could come prepared to the meeting with a few ideas in hand. Some proposals that have been consider so far:

  • new sands or wood chips
  • new benches
  • a functioning water fountain
  • water access in the winter for the skating rink
  • a weatherproof ping pong table
  • tearing down the pergola for more usable green space
  • increased maintenance
  • bbq
  • climbing wall
  • Roofed area
  • latch door access to the laneway
  • bulletin board for community notices
  • imax theatre
  • new grass
  • tether ball
That's just a few but I'm sure we can do better. Please come with your thoughts and enthusiasm and show our councillor we care.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Egg Hunt Photos

From all accounts it seems the 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt in Ritchie Parkette was an unqualified success. Many thanks to the Almontes for spearheading as well as all those that helped out in one way or another. Feel free to share any photos of your own too.