The Carlington Summit
by Anna Ekstrandh.

Late in 1999 the Central Park Citizens Group decided to add a Social Committee to it’s working groups. The neighbourhood is growing steadily, but many residents have also been in the area for over two years. It seemed to be the right time to start to focus on activities that will bring the people of Central Park together as a community, to welcome new neighbours and to get to know your old ones better.

There will be a series of events coming up this spring. On Wednesday the 12th of April a “Home Security Fair” will be held with invited speakers such as the local police and home security business representatives. This is a subject that seems to get a lot of attention, since there have been numerous break-ins in the area in the recent past. Right after that we are planning a talk on the “Do's and Don’ts of Gardening.” This event is scheduled to take place on April 27. We have invited Mary Reid from the Green Thumb Nursery to deliver a talk and tackle all questions that we might have. This event will be just in time for the official start of the Gardening Season in May.

On May 27 we will organize the Central Park 2nd Annual Garage Sale! The rain date is on May 28. This will be a great day both for local residents and anybody interested in finding some good deals! We are planning to have an area with plants and cuttings for sale. And there will also be a table where all proceed will go to the CPCG.

In early June there are plans to have an evening on “Recycling and Composting.” The goal is to increase awareness for recycling, and some local speakers will explain what happens after you put out your blue box on the curb. There will be speakers covering such topics as composting and rain barrels as well.

As an ongoing activity, it has been suggested to start a walking group in the neighbourhood. Tentative times are early Saturday mornings and Mondays, and the walks are meant for exercise and will be a great way of exploring the area as well.

Everybody is welcome to join the Social Committee or help out at single events if that’s what your time permits. And if nothing else - we hope to see you out there at all these interesting activities.

For more information, keep an eye on the Central Park web site. The final information will also be provided in flyers to all households within the area.

If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, please contact us at: social@central-park.ottawa.on.ca.