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2019-02-17

Forgive the Interruption

Please forgive this interruption.  I need to get something off my chest.


1. Someone ruined the ice at Lynwood Park and they don't care
2. He doesn't want to come back
3. So, what's going to happen to the Lynwood Rink?
4. Here's what you can do


Someone ruined the ice at Lynwood Park and they don't care
In fact, they feel hard done by because they couldn't skate whenever they damn-well please.

Early this morning our rink maintainer was at the Lynwood rink as part of his 20+ hour per week regimen to maintain the rink, pond and skate paths.  He put up a "SORRY, RINK'S CLOSED" sign at the entrance to the hockey rink and went about his Saturday morning family activities bringing his own kids here and there.

Later that morning a man was skating on the clearly closed rink with his child.  Our rink maintainer asked if he saw the "closed" sign, then things got weird.  The skating man said something to the effect of "What the hell am I supposed to do in Canada in February?".  The conversation went downhill from there.  It ended with our rink maintainer getting yelled at in his car as he drove away with his family.

Skating on a closed rink causes hours of extra work
Skates cutting through ice not ready for use - over 1cm deep


He doesn't want to come back
Today our maintainer has notified me that he does not want to do this anymore.  He has never wanted or asked for praise for his work.  But I know from speaking to people in the community that it is very appreciated.  We've had several different people maintain the rink in the past, some were not good.  One in particular was totally eager and willing but underestimated the enormous size of the task.

We finally found a "winner" as they say, and some bozo chased him away in one morning.

Finishing touches before Hockey Day in Lynwood

The rink on a better day

Skating path around the play structure


Here in Lynwood Village (part of Bells Corners) we have a park, a community building and - in the winter - a rink.  Almost everything we do from our Hockey Day in Canada days to the Family Fun Days is by volunteers you can count on 1-2 hands.

The city doesn't pay us to do anything.  We take time away from our own family and friends to try and make the community better.

The only exception to this "doing everything for free" is the rink maintenance job which is so time consuming that it simply would not get done unless we offered minimal compensation.  The city provides our association a budget of $5,000 to dispense as appropriate to maintain a hockey rink and a small skate pond - 100s of hours each season is needed by this person plus additional volunteers.

So, what's going to happen to the Lynwood Rink?
As of right now, the ice at the Lynwood hockey rink will not be usable for the Family Day holiday.  A few minutes of skating on a closed rink caused hours of additional work for someone who simply does not have the time to fix it.  And the disrespect handed out was insult to injury.

We don't have a rink maintainer for next season.  If we cannot find a replacement we will have to inform the city to not install the rink boards next season and there will be no skating.

Here's what you can do
Appreciate the work people put into making your neighbourhood (or any neighbourhood) better.  If you see someone doing something good - say thank you.  They may be doing it for pennies or nothing at all.  Whatever you do - don't act like you own them.

Sincerely,

Jean-Luc Cooke
Lynwood Village Community Association, President

2019-02-03

Hockey Day in Lynwood 2019

Saturday Feb 9 10am-4pm
Lynwood Park, 7 Sycamore Dr

Come out and play some pick-up hockey, and enjoy our amazing ice path around the park with a small skating 'pond' as well.
We will have free hot chocolate and music for everyone to enjoy.  Come out and meet your neighbours.

2018-11-25

General Meeting Minutes 2018-11-17


Date: 2018-11-17
Location: Lynwood Village community building (7 Sycamore Dr)

Board members:
  • Jean-Luc Cooke (President)
  • Alisha Lagasi (Tresurer)
  • Tafline Tong (Booking Director)
  • Shannon Kenney (Secretary)

  1. Introduction of community association board members
  2. The floor is given to councillor Rick Chiarelli to discuss recent activities in Bells Corners
    1. There will be in-community meeting (date& location TBD) on 2 new proposed housing developments (on top of the Loblaws and another beside the rail tracks along Stafford)
      1. Height - 20 stories and 8 stories;
      2. No timeline yet, but possibly beginning summer 2019; will be rentals and options to buy;
      3. Possible ramifications for trailer park: depends if owner in Alberta wants to sell.
    1. Marilyn: can we get wi-fi in community building?
      1. Passed a resolution requesting it from the city. Jenny at the city will look into it. Need to go through official channels to city wi-fi provider.
    2. Strange box with antenna on a post at Longwood and Ridgefield:
      1. Someone else had mentioned it to Jenny (City) and she'll update JLC when she has more info. Possibly an external utilities pole.
    3. Transit from DND to Bells Corners:
      1. at city council will make the independent transit commission a committee of council as transit changes in BC are necessary.
    4. LRT phase 2 is delayed by 3 months
    5. Phase 1 delay due to:
      1. mechanical issues, falling cement, water in stations, software to model light rail is crashing + subject to hacking attempts
    6. DA Moodie campus (Marilyn): on NCC land.
      1. The school board hasn't declared the property surplus and won't sell it yet, because it falls on Anishnaabe land and there are a number of legal hurdles for the property. For the time being, it's still in the possession of the school board. 
  3. Tafline had to leave the meeting early. She will continue in her role. Marilyn offered to help, but it's best if one person does it so no communications are lost.
  4. JLC: rink maintainer is back, he's done it for 2 winters.
    1. will set up a text message chain for help when he's flooding the rink.
  5. JLC: There will be a park event in the spring (Fun Day?) to open the new park 
  6. Tristan to join board as director of communications (to help with our FB, email list, webpage)
Additional Questions from the floor:
  1. Marilyn: how to book the space : send email via the Contact Us page accessible from the Lynwood-BellsCorners.ca webpage (http://www.lynwood-bellscorners.ca/2011/06/contacting-lvca.html)
  2. We could put up a poster in the building on how to book the space
  3. Regular tenants: Bosnian dance group, BCCY, Girl Guides, Nursery school
    1. LVCA manages the building bookings to keep costs down for residents
    2. Would like to plan a winter family fun day but need volunteers. Past events have included: hot chocolate, chili cook off, Xmas party with movie
  4. Tristan: will do more collaborations with Westcliffe in the future to pair the resources 
  5. Mention of Wednesday afternoon socials (open events for residents)

Board position elections
  • Tristan: elected Director of Communications
  • Tafline: re-elected Booking Director
  • Shannon: will remain in contact with the board until park project is completed but in a limited capacity 
  • Alisha: re-elected as Treasurer
  • Jean Luc: re-elected as President
  • Grant Stein joined as Secretary / Director at Large
Presentation of Financials (can link to separate document with Financials)

Action Items:

2018-11-16

Park Renovation Update

Ahead of our AGM meeting (Saturday Nov 17 4:00-5:30pm) we have these photos of the renovations to share.

The concrete balls you see below will be painted in the spring (it's too cold to do that now).

There is a blank concrete pad where a S-shaped curved bench will be installed in early December.











2018-09-21

Councillor Debate Thu Sep 27 7-9pm

All Candidate Debate
College Ward City Councillor
Thursday September 27th

Westcliffe Community Centre
681 Seyton Dr, Ottawa, ON


  • 7:00-7:30pm Meet and Greet candidates
  • 7:30-8:30pm Debate
  • 8:30-9:30pm Meet and Greet candidates

Brought to you by
Westcliffe Estates and Lynwood Village
community associations

Non-perishable food donation to our
local food cupboard is appreciated.
famsac.ca/donate 

2018-05-24

Lynwood Fun Day June 16 2018

Family Fun Day
Lynwood Park, Bells Corners
Saturday June 16, 2017
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
(click to download flyer)


Come join us for fun free activities with your neighbours!
Admission: Non-perishable food donation to FAMSAC
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  • Bouncy Castle for the young at heart
  • Food Trucks for the hungry
  • Tennis Courts open to all (white soled sneakers please) 
  • Bells Corners Community Yoga fall session information 
  • Music
Brought to you by the Lynwood Village Community Association

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2018-04-19

Kiddie T-Ball 2018

FREE Summer Kiddie T-Ball
Lynwood Park - Open to all
Appropriate for ages 3-6 years

Brought to you by the Lynwood Village Community Association and the dedicated parents volunteering their time to coach the kids.




 SOCCER in Lynwood Park
with Coach Heather
Thursday evenings 5:30–6:30pm
May 16 – June 20
Bring a glove if you have one!
Parents must remain and are expected to assist.



Kiddie Soccer 2018

FREE Summer Kiddie Soccer
Lynwood Park - Open to all
Appropriate for ages 3-6 years

Brought to you by the Lynwood Village Community Association and the dedicated parents volunteering their time to coach the kids.




SOCCER in Lynwood Park w/ Coaches Michal and Kinga
Wednesday evenings 5:30 – 6:30pm
May 16 – June 20
Bring a soccer ball if you have one!
Parents must remain and are expected to assist.