Honey Gables Summer 2018 Newsletter

August 4, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Newsletter

Kind neighbours,  

We hope everyone has had a good and healthy winter and is ready for the gorgeous summer we have been promised by the weather folks! Our tight knit community has made it through another winter, enjoying hockey rinks, cross-country skiing on the river and tobogganing on the park hill but summer is when our community really comes to life.  Safe to say that spring lasted a bit longer than usual but the past few weeks have seen the gardens bloom, the grass grow, the River rise and my favourite, the sight of neighbours chatting together on the street or a front porch enjoying the warm evenings.

Over the past few months your Honey Gables Community Association (HGCA) has been working hard attending city council events, planning summer activities and advocating for the benefit our special community.  Our collection of 50 plus homes nestled close to the Rideau River is a special place that often gets overlooked in the big picture, so it’s extremely important that we continue to support a community association to help promote and protect our interests as a special community in Ottawa.  To continue the work your HGCA is doing, we ask for small annual donation of $20 to cover some of our community events and advocacy. This year’s donation will be collected over the next couple of weeks by our association street reps. We hope you can contribute, but as always no one is obligated!

Some important issues to update you on include:

  • Leitrim Rd and River Rd Intersection:  following an engineering study commissioned by the city, it has been determined that the intersection at Leitrim and River roads requires a re-design that will either include a roundabout or stop light.  While this is good news with regards to a strategy to fix a dangerous corner, no timeline to proceed with the work has been determined.



  • Traffic on River Rd and increase police presence:   Ottawa police have been very active on River Rd this spring, with an intent to slow traffic down and combat aggressive driving.  This remains a top priority for the HGCA. Community members are encourage to report incidents of aggressive driving to Ottawa Police so that the frequency of these incidents can be tracked.



  • Dog Signage at path entrances:  Following a winter that has seen an increase in foot traffic and dog walkers from outside the community it was noticed that there was also an increase in dog waste and dog waste bags left on the path.  As such, new “poop and scoop” signs have been erected at both the Honey Gables and Ryeburn entrances to the path.


  • Riverside South Phase 3:  If you’ve driven south down River Rd past Earl Armstrong this spring you’ll have noticed that the woods on the east side have been completely cleared in preparation for Phase 3 of Riverside South.  The HGCA has reached out to the city on planning details and timelines, as we can expect this new development will have an impact on the amount of traffic added to River Rd.



Community Information and Comment Session

You are invited to attend a public meeting regarding a proposed Plan of Subdivision application submitted by Richcraft Homes Ltd. This subdivision is located at 879 River Rd. The meeting will be held on June 27th from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Rideauview Community Centre, 4310 Shoreline Dr. If you would like additional information, please contact Wendy Tse at wendy.tse@ottawa.ca.


  • LRT Phase 2:  it was recently announced that the Province of Ontario is committing $50M to fund the anticipated $80M cost of the 3.4km extension from Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station to a new terminus station just west of Limebank rd in the future Riverside South Town Centre.  The expected completion date of this new link to the LRT is 2021. octranspo.com/ready4rail.




As mentioned earlier the HGCA has been working hard to plan some exciting activities this summer, that you are all invited to and we hope to see you there! These activities include:

June 24th Honey Gables summer solstice community BBQ:

This year’s Honey Gables community BBQ will be held on Sunday June 24 beginning at 4:30pm in the Honey Gables Park. This has been an annual event the past few years that gives us all the chance to socialize with our neighbours after a long winter/spring, and sets the tone for the summer to come!  The BBQ will start with a quick update on HGCA activities from association president Mike Reid and serve as our annual general meeting. Snacks, Burgers, hotdogs and a salads will be served, residents are ask to bring your own drinks and any dish you wish to share.


July 1st Canada Day Pancake Breakfast

Our second annual July 1st pancake breakfast and swim will be held at Sandi and Frank Branker’s house at 76 Ryeburn Dr.  What a great way to kick off Canada Day with a dip in the historic Rideau River followed by fluffy pancakes topped with maple syrup! Festivities to start at 9am until 10:30am, bring a kayak, floaties or any other water toys!


July 1st Canada Day Festivities and Fireworks at Claudette Cain Park

Once again the Riverside South Community Association will be hosting activities and fireworks at Claudette Cain park.


August 25th Outdoor Movie Night – location and movie to be confirmed

After debuting last year, the HGCA will present an outdoor movie night in late August, stay tuned for details.


End of Summer Pig-Lamb-Beef-Veggie Roast

Another annual event the past few years has been the September Roast at the CInanni’s.  Date and time to be confirmed so stay tuned!




A few reminders for HG residents:


  • PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! SLOW DOWN AND BE AWARE ON OUR STREETS!  Over the past few years Honey Gables has transitioned to a younger community with a number of young growing families living in our great community. This has lead to our streets being used more and more by our children to ride their trikes, bikes and scooters around the streets.  With no sidewalks available our kids, along with dog walkers, cyclists, runners and others have no other option but to use the street. We urge you to please help keep our community safe by asking your contractors, friends and visitors to please slow down….and of course we remind residents to take the extra care to really slow down on our streets. The City of Ottawa has provided some signage, which is available to anyone interested in adding signs to their lawns please let the HGCA know. Also if any residents have ideas or solutions to help spread the message please let us know.  Thank you!


  • Lyme Disease: As spring has finally arrived, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is resuming its Lyme disease program for 2018. While there are tremendous health benefits to getting out and enjoying activities in the City’s many outdoor areas, it is important that residents be aware of the risks of Lyme disease, particularly if they are in areas suitable for ticks, such as wooded areas or areas with tall grasses. Remember there are ways to protect yourself such as applying an approved insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin, wearing long pants and doing a tick check on yourself, your children and your pets.



  • Wild Parsnip:  Wild parsnip is an invasive plant that is increasingly common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties. Wild parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin.


The best way to avoid contact with Wild parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like so you do not accidentally come in contact with the plant.  https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/plants-and-animals/invasive-species


  • Welcome to our neighbours:  This past winter we have added to our community with new residents the Celli’s (Albert and Carla and family) and the Le’s (Vu and Rachel and family), and soon to also add Conrad Pool.  Welcome to the community!