Lansdowne Aberdeen Square - Public Realm Improvements

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Thank you to everyone who took part in the public consultations on the Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne Park. This update will provide information regarding what the city heard during public consultations and how the city is moving forward based on the feedback with a project to enhance the public realm for Aberdeen Square.

Background

In April 2019, Councillor Menard released a visioning exercise for Lansdowne, followed by a City of Ottawa survey seeking suggested uses for the Aberdeen Square. The survey results showed an interest in continuing the Farmers Market and the need to make the square more attractive for residents to gather and celebrate on a day-to-day basis.

In 2020, the City of Ottawa, together with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and Councillor Menard, worked in collaboration with the community on possible changes to the square. The OSEG/Casino Lac Lemay sponsorship project did not receive the necessary funds and the project didn’t move forward.

What the City heard

During the public engagement (2019-2000), the City heard the community suggestions, such as the need for seating areas, picnic tables, more planting and shade, and to add moveable furniture within the Aberdeen Square for day-to-day use by visitors.

How the City is moving forward

The City of Ottawa has taken the feedback to develop a plan to improve the Aberdeen Square public realm, one that would meet the public expectations, as well as the market’s flexibility requirements. The idea is to introduce comfortable and friendly moveable furnishing, such benches, picnic tables, sunshades and planters, to promote a welcoming atmosphere and revive the public realm.

The natural wood log benches and picnic tables will create opportunities for gathering, eating, play and enjoy the place. The benches are to be located near the trees for shade, creating more intimate spaces within the square. Some benches come with back rests and armrests for universal accessibility and comfort. The natural wood furnishing is made of upcycled FSC hardwood. Its wood log format makes them easy to be moved and not easily damaged. Each table will have one umbrella. Planters with seasonal grasses are introduced to create a green effect at ground level and will enhance the vegetation presence within the square.

Since the furnishing characteristics allows it to be moved by a forklift, the furnishing will be relocated for the market days as well as on events/performances days. This adaptability to accommodate different uses will also enhance place identity.

This City of Ottawa project will enhance the public realm and make the Aberdeen Square a unique neighbourhood meeting place, for people, families and city living.


Natural wood log benches


Picnic tables and sunshade


Sunshade and planter


Envisioned furnishing location during the week


Envisioned furnishing location during the Ottawa Farmer’s Market


Envisioned furnishing location during performances

Thank you to everyone who took part in the public consultations on the Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne Park. This update will provide information regarding what the city heard during public consultations and how the city is moving forward based on the feedback with a project to enhance the public realm for Aberdeen Square.

Background

In April 2019, Councillor Menard released a visioning exercise for Lansdowne, followed by a City of Ottawa survey seeking suggested uses for the Aberdeen Square. The survey results showed an interest in continuing the Farmers Market and the need to make the square more attractive for residents to gather and celebrate on a day-to-day basis.

In 2020, the City of Ottawa, together with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and Councillor Menard, worked in collaboration with the community on possible changes to the square. The OSEG/Casino Lac Lemay sponsorship project did not receive the necessary funds and the project didn’t move forward.

What the City heard

During the public engagement (2019-2000), the City heard the community suggestions, such as the need for seating areas, picnic tables, more planting and shade, and to add moveable furniture within the Aberdeen Square for day-to-day use by visitors.

How the City is moving forward

The City of Ottawa has taken the feedback to develop a plan to improve the Aberdeen Square public realm, one that would meet the public expectations, as well as the market’s flexibility requirements. The idea is to introduce comfortable and friendly moveable furnishing, such benches, picnic tables, sunshades and planters, to promote a welcoming atmosphere and revive the public realm.

The natural wood log benches and picnic tables will create opportunities for gathering, eating, play and enjoy the place. The benches are to be located near the trees for shade, creating more intimate spaces within the square. Some benches come with back rests and armrests for universal accessibility and comfort. The natural wood furnishing is made of upcycled FSC hardwood. Its wood log format makes them easy to be moved and not easily damaged. Each table will have one umbrella. Planters with seasonal grasses are introduced to create a green effect at ground level and will enhance the vegetation presence within the square.

Since the furnishing characteristics allows it to be moved by a forklift, the furnishing will be relocated for the market days as well as on events/performances days. This adaptability to accommodate different uses will also enhance place identity.

This City of Ottawa project will enhance the public realm and make the Aberdeen Square a unique neighbourhood meeting place, for people, families and city living.


Natural wood log benches


Picnic tables and sunshade


Sunshade and planter


Envisioned furnishing location during the week


Envisioned furnishing location during the Ottawa Farmer’s Market


Envisioned furnishing location during performances

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Tks fr benches! Victorian or modrn aesthetic prhps more appropriate? Moveable chairs easier for range people (stack in Pavilion, paint unique colour). Square needs more def edge and cld be narrower (75 ft width maximum). Also perhps animate Pavilion edge with small vendors. (Take out hedge.) Focal feature also a good organising element---children can play around a fountain while parents watch from the shade of a tree. Semi-private corner for the 16-24 demographic to hang out in? Thank you. :)

Corinne Walker 12 months ago
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I love the new plans and will only help make the place better.As for comments condos were built on a park no they were not they were built on a parking lot Landsdown has never been a park.

Jayme 12 months ago
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All in Favor of fixing up Lansdowne PARK the needed repairs that was not done in the first place that's not my problem. OSEG AND THE CITY QUIT YOUR CRYING YOUR MESS IS SELF MADE. SO 300 MILLION DOLLARS GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND. I want my park back the city and OSEG is he'll bent on collecting taxes so you cover the Park with Condos and loose the Park real smart.

Spurs101 12 months ago
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My argument is this Lansdown Park served all of Ottawa at one time . Now the E Y centre Congress centre host the events. This is no longer the case with the exception of Sporting Events and concerts. People do not travel from Kanata and Orleans to Community base events at Lansdowne Park they have their own Markets Bazzars in their own backyard. Which brings me to where is the Glebe Centre input on this. YES repairs are needed. OSEG WHY WAIT JUST COVER THE PARK WITH CONDOS. IT WAS SELF MADE

Spurs101 12 months ago
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Remove car general car access to the square and from every road east of Paul askin way until the bus circle.

Christopher Tupper 12 months ago
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