• Blog: Progress at the new Lansdowne

    After decades of indecision and conflict, one thing residents keep telling me is that it is great to finally see Lansdowne moving forward!

    If you look at the site, you see several cranes up and hundreds of construction workers hard at work. I check in on the project about once a week, whether it is by driving by on my way to an event or visiting my parents who live across the street.

    When the project is complete, Lansdowne will be a complete community – with opportunities for entertainment, shopping and recreation activities and will link together the neighbourhoods of the Glebe and Old Ottawa South. It will be an attraction worthy of a G8 capital city.

    You will be able to enjoy:

     – A new stadium (home to the Ottawa REDBLACKS and the Ottawa Fury FC)

     – A refurbished Civic Centre (home to the Ottawa 67s)

     – About three times more park space (18 acres)

     – About four times more trees

     – 20 event spaces, including several squares and courts for community events

     – 7.2 kilometres of sidewalks and pathways

     – Five pieces of public art (including retention of three existing historical pieces)

    View the design plans for the new Lansdowne Park.

    New stadium

    In February 2013, I was pleased to throw two lucky pennies in the foundation for the south side stands, which are now rising out of the ground. I can’t wait to see the iconic wooden veil that will cover the stands – it will be a beautiful complement to the Rideau Canal.

     

    There’s also good news for the “North Siders” as the north side stands are getting a new roof and the Civic Centre is being refurbished.

    Our new CFL team has general manager Marcel Desjardins in place and will be participating in the expansion draft later this year. Our NASL team has hired Marc Dos Santos as their head coach. Be sure to visit the team websites to sign up for updates.

    All in all, we’re on track to start cheering on our professional football and soccer teams in summer 2014. One year later, we will welcome the world as we host nine games for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. I’m also hoping to see Ottawa host the Grey Cup and maybe even an NHL Outdoor Classic at our amazing new stadium in the coming years.

    Urban park

    We broke ground on the urban park in July 2013, which will truly be a crown jewel in our city. That’s right: we’re finally putting the “park” back into

    Lansdowne Park!

    Local landscaping company D&G Landscaping will be responsible for constructing the urban park, which includes expanses of lawn, courtyards, a heritage orchard, an outdoor skating rink and a children’s play area. I think this will be the most transformative piece of the entire project as you will see almost three times more park space and four times more trees on the property.

    My favourite piece of the urban park is the Great Lawn, the pentagon shaped green space next to the canal you see in the project images. It will be almost as large as the lawn on Parliament Hill — a great place to have a picnic with your family or read a book.

    While areas of the park will be substantially complete for the opening of the stadium in summer 2014, all the final features are expected to be finished in the summer of 2015.

    Community relations

    As with any major infrastructure project, there is noise and dust on the construction site. This is short-term pain for significant long-term gain. I want to commend our contractors and City project staff for monitoring and mitigating potential headaches for the surrounding community.

     

    A neat part of the project: to reduce noise and emissions, we actually have a full working concrete plant on site. This helps to reduce truck traffic on area roads and reduces emissions from vehicles traveling to and from the site.

    We have maintained a good working relationship with the local business improvement area and community groups by conducting regular site tours and meetings. The Glebe BIA has been a tremendous partner and even hosted a barbecue for hundreds of Lansdowne construction workers in June. I’m proud of how well everyone is working together and look forward to this continued partnership in the months ahead.

    Stay up-to-date

    The City sends out updates on a regular basis to update residents on construction. You can also follow the construction progress with frequent updates at ottawa.ca/newlansdowne. If you would like to receive e-mail notices, you can subscribe on ottawa.ca. I would also encourage you to connect with the Ottawa REDBLACKSand Ottawa Fury FC as excitement builds over the next year.

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