Ottawa, let's remove the ban on front-yard sports equipment

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The city of Ottawa has been clearly established as a wonderful place to live ( but we are asking Mayor Jim Watson and city of Ottawa council to amend the current city of Ottawa By-Laws to lessen the restrictions on the use and installation of children's sports equipment on residential properties, helping to make Ottawa an even better, healthier city to live in.

While childhood obesity rates continue to rise ( more and more research indicates the need for children to spend more time playing outside. Ottawa is a wonderful city for just such type of activity but one Ottawa family is learning that the size of their yard along with the existing by-laws and zoning regulations in their neighborhood are creating barriers that might not necessarily be needed. The Murphy family bought a house in May 2017 and brought along with them their children's beloved trampoline. Since the backyard at the new house lacked space for the trampoline, the Murphy's installed the trampoline in the front yard, easily 12-15 feet from the road and behind the City of Ottawa tree. Within days, a neighbor complained to By-Law and the Murphy family was informed that a trampoline is considered a "structure" and is therefore prohibited from front yards. The ensuing discussion revealed that "anything constructed" can be considered a "structure" including chairs and benches. While the Murphy's had meticulously read the by-laws prior to purchasing their home, they were also informed that it would be virtually impossible for a homeowner to understand the regulations as they are applied because there are hundreds of court rulings which specify the exact applications for various cases. 

In light of these complications, we would respectfully like to request the by-laws be amended for clarity to allow for the installation of any children's sports equipment (hockey nets, basketball nets, trampolines, etc), providing it does not impede with road visibility or use, is movable and is kept in good repair.

Let's make Ottawa an even healthier city for children to grow up in!

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