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The RPCA is keeping our community growing! Literally.

Inside this newsletter you will learn about our new community garden, new neighbourhood amenities, and the city's new plans for easing pandemic restrictions. Mask up, read on, and forward this email to your neighbours.

On Monday, July 13, the RPCA Board and Gardening Committee officially opened the Mooney’s Bay Community Garden.

Working together with River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington, and the new site owners, Brigil Construction, the RPCA is proud to provide gardening opportunities for local families. Located at the Riverside Mall on Ridgewood Ave, this initiative provides garden plots for 20 families, with a portion of the harvest designated for donation to the local food supply.

Gardeners Kallyan, Ethila, and Elika cut the official ribbon, with Garden Coordinator Kate Cathrae, Councillor Riley Brockington and Brigil spokesperson Catherine Patry.
Garden plots were offered to Riverside Park residents on a first-come, first-serve basis, but demand has far outstripped supply. Although there are no plots currently available, there are plans for expansion in 2021.

If you are interested in volunteering or being added to the waitlist, contact Garden Committee Chair, Kate Cathrae at

With new coronavirus cases on a steady downward trend since early June, much of Ontario is poised to move to Stage 3 of the province's reopening plan on Friday, July 17, 2020.

Nearly all businesses will be allowed to reopen and the maximum size of public gatherings will increase.

Businesses, amenities and services that can reopen include indoor dining in restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments; gyms and fitness studios, with safety protocols in place; playgrounds, community centres and libraries; and beauty salons can resume services that involve customers' faces like facials and some piercings.

Casinos can reopen but table games will not be permitted. Nightclubs can only reopen to serve food and drink. Dancing is not allowed in Stage 3.

Indoor gatherings will increase to a maximum of 50 people and outdoor gatherings will increase to a maximum of 100 people. Physical distancing is still required, so gathering limits are subject to the amount of space any individual indoor or outdoor area has available.

Despite the larger cap on gatherings, Ontario's "social bubbles" remain at a maximum of 10 people.

Click here to review the Province's full plan for Stage 3 Reopening.

Effective as of Tuesday, July 7, Ottawa bylaws now require mandatory face masks in all indoor public spaces.

Following this directive is important for protecting one another as we work to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

However, we also have an obligation to be kind to one another.

Some residents cannot wear face coverings because of personal health limitations - so don't make assumptions about others.

And the front lines service staff who may be asked to enforce the bylaw are simply doing their job - so be kind and respectful to them too.

Let's face it, the pandemic has been hard on all of us, as we struggle with isolation, anxiety, loss and financial insecurity. We can all get through it with mutual respect and understanding.

Here is everything you need to know about swimming in the city this summer.

Swimming Lessons

The eGuide for the COVID-modified swimming lessons is now online, with weekly sessions begining on Monday, July 20. To register, visit: and click on spring and summer 2020 recreation programs.

Splash Pads

All city Splash pads were activated in mid-June. Click here to find the splash pad closest to you.

Wading Pools

All 53 city wading pools were opened as of July 13, 2020. However, due to capacity restrictions, pool attendants will assign 30-minute time slots on a first come, first serve, basis. If demand is low, swimmers may be able to extend for an additional 30-minutes. Click here to find the wading pool closest to you.


Lifeguards and water-testing resumed at city-run beaches on June 27, with daily service from noon to 7 pm. Burgers and ice cream are also available at Mooney's Bay. Click here for information on the city-run beaches.

Fuel up on fancy lattes at the new Starbucks drive-thru and patio at 1914 Bank St (beside the Swiss Chalet, south of Walkley).

The city is accepting feedback on plans to build a pedestrian and cycling bridge connecting the Vincent Massey Park pathway network over to Carleton University. Click here to learn more about the Rideau River pedestrian and cycling bridge which connects the Vincent Massey Park pathway network over to Carleton University. Click here to take the survey before July 30.

Take the survey

A section of the Sawmill Creek multi-use pathway will be temporarily closed for the first three weeks of July to allow crews to start the foundation work for the future South Keys station.

A detour has been put in place that allows pedestrians and cyclists to safely move around the closure. Click here for more information.

Crime Prevention Ottawa is holding on-line anti-racism training sessions in July. For more information, visit:
The Mooney's Bay Childcare Centre is on track for completion by the end of the year, but the community sponsorship program has been extended to assist with pandemic-related construction cost increases.

Residents are invited to immortalize their support by buying an engraved brick that will be installed along the childcare centre’s public, multi-use pathway. All donations come with a charity tax receipt and will help create a more inclusive community for new families.

The Mooney's Bay Childcare Centre will host 88 children at 2826 Springland Dr. Click here to add your name to the wait list.
Buy a Brick
Our favourite local restaurant has re-opened its doors ... and its patio!
Mask up and drop by the Brookfield Restaurant for breakfast or lunch. Expect a warm greeting from Joyce, Toly, and the gang.

Meet some of the Mooney's Bay gardeners

Thank you to the RPCA Board, Gardening Committee, and volunteers for their tireless effort. Thank you to Councillor Brockington and Brigil Construction for their generous support. Thank you to Just Food for soil and seeds. Thank you to the gardeners and the Riverside Park community for your enthusiasm. A portion of the harvest will be donated to the local food supply.

The next RPCA board meeting will be held on September 2 ... and everyone is welcome to ZOOM-IN!

Click here to RSVP and you will receive login information and meeting documents in late summer.

Mooney's Bay Sunset by Stephanie Lepine

Thank you to Hunt Club resident Stephanie Lepine for donating an incredible photo of a Mooney's Bay sunset. Please share your photos of our neighbourhood to

Support Your Community

The RPCA is volunteer-run and relies on donations to represent the community. Join or renew your membership for this year for only $20/families or $10/individuals.

During the viral outbreak it is crucial for communities to be working together, sharing information and coordinating strategies. Please invite your neighbours to sign up for this monthly e-newsletter:

When neighbours work together we make our neighbourhood stronger!


Joel Duff
President, RPCA

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