The City of Ottawa Planners are rezoning Little Italy to medium to high density condos for the area bounded by the 417 north to Carling south to Rochester east and the railroad tracks west. By doing this rezoning it is elimination one park in our area used by the community at large. The park is Queen Juliana Park located at 870 Carling Avenue. The Queen Julian Park was founded in 1976 when the Federal government tore down the Temporary Buildings . The purpose of construction this Historical was to honour Queen Juliana of Holland who donated thousand of Tulip bulbs to Ottawa and to relocate community uses of the Commissioner Park to Juliana Park in 1976 when Italian Week and St. Anthony’s Church used Commissioner Park for its activities to celebrate Italian Canadian Culture. In 1976 Mr Edes of the NCC convinced Public Works to create the Park for Community Use because the NCC was not going to allow Associations to use Commissioner Park for its festivities. Accordingly the local Community has used Queen Juliana Park for many of its festivities including the Victoria Day May 10 to 24th, the Native Indian Pow Wow June 16th to 20 th and the Canada Day Festival June 27th to July 2.
It would be very shameful for the City of Ottawa Planners to Rezone these two Parks as residential for high rise condos. Our local Community has very few parks for the amount of residents in the area. If they were destroyed the Community would have to go to the Experimental farm or Vincent Massey Park to which locations they would have to drive. This is defeating the Policy of not driving and going green implemented by the City of Ottawa Councillors.
Please sign our petition to keep our parks in little italy.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
Italian Canadian Community centre of the National Capital Region Inc