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Save Mooney's Bay. Move the playground to a better location.

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A one acre section of green space on the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site, and a habitat for several endangered species is being destroyed because the City of Ottawa secretly made a deal with a private TV production company to build Canada's largest playground at Mooney's Bay.  The city is contributing $1,000,000 to this project.

THERE WAS NO PUBLIC CONSULTATION OR INPUT FROM CITY RESIDENTS. The application was fast tracked, from initial proposal to signed contract in two months. Citizens of Ottawa did not hear about it until May 13, 4 weeks after the contract went into effect. Within days of the announcement, more than 16 mature trees had been cut down, three historic wooden bridges had been removed, and the Sue Holloway fitness area had been eliminated. There was no need assessment, accessibility study or traffic impact report.

This proposed playground is not serving the children of Ottawa who need playgrounds in their own communities. With this proposal, Mooney's Bay, which already has a play structure, will have the equivalent of 11 play structures while 217 of the city's 790 parks have no play structures at all.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS  were done after the contract was signed and not released until June 6th -- well after the site had been fenced off, ripped up, dug out and filled with gravel. One of these assessments indicates that there is a  "potential to encounter the following SAR [species at risk] within and/or adjacent to the study area: Blanding's Turtle (threatened), Snapping Turtle (special concern) and Milksnake (special concern)." In July 2013, a permit for a wind turbine project in Prince Edward County was revoked as it would pose serious and irreversible harm to the Blanding's Turtle which is globally endangered.

Please sign and share this to stop the construction that is turning this living area into an environmental dead zone decorated with plastic playthings and the world's longest monkey bars.

This space is used for Hope Volleyball, The Dragon Boat Festival, and the green space and mature trees make it ideal setting for family picnics and wedding pictures.  It is a scenic gathering place on a historic waterway and a natural habitat for many wildlife species.

Mooney's Bay is the WRONG LOCATION FOR THIS MEGA-PLAYGROUND!  Mooney's Bay already has a playground.  It is called "the beach." Tell the city to find a different location.

 

 



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