June update from Monica

June 2 was a busy day in Crystal Beach Lakeview. The streets were bustling with cyclists and walkers scouting out the deals at the garage sales. Maki House was brimming with plants for sale. Races were on at the sailing club. And Corkstown Park was the setting of a lively Wheel Day. A bike rodeo, face painting, jewelry making, splashing in a pool or bouncing in a castle were among the features for the younger crowd. Wheels to buy and sell, yummy ice cream (kids liked that too!) and good conversation were there in abundance for all ages. What a great day!

Thank you to all our volunteers and the fabulous vendors for coming together. A special thanks to the Crystal Beach Tennis Club for opening their doors to the whole community, and to our sponsors: Leanne O’Donnell, Sales Representative with Re/Max Affiliates Realty, Jeff Jessen, Classic Roof Tiling Ltd. (1986), and Canadian Tire in Bells Corners!

And speaking of conversation, I was struck by how many people told me that they love living in Lakeview or Crystal Beach. We’re a little gem surrounded by trails and paths and the water, people said. And over time it could get even better, as we will be connected to other parts of Ottawa by rapid public transit, a mark of development that is encouraged in communities around the world as economically and environmentally sound. For sure, it’s important to focus on the challenges public transit presents as it develops, and CBLCA will not let up on holding the city to account for safety and frankly, common sense, and on other issues that will affect us too. We’ll work collaboratively with groups like the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre. And we will keep you informed of developments. But I for one celebrate that we will not rely on more and more cars as the number of people who commute to workplaces around us grows rapidly, but on cleaner and cheaper ways for them to get to work. Our community will be able to retain its important characteristics of being family friendly and safe for everyone, and a great place to live!

CBLCA is hosting one more community meeting before summer. See details below of our evening exploring some key issues in the environment around us and mark June 14, 7-9 pm in your calendar for participating at Maki House or on Facebook Live.

And then enjoy summer!!

Monica Patten, President


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