Beryl Gaffney Park Community Consultation
What is it?
A Beryl Gaffney Park Master Plan was approved by Ottawa City Council in 2008. Since it was approved, only minor updates have been made to the park.
The City is seeking input and ‘any new ideas that would improve the plan…’
Where is it?
Located in the southern edge of the (former) City of Nepean, along the shores of the Rideau River, Beryl Gaffney Park, formerly Rideau Bend Park, consists of 39 hectares (96 acres) of pasture and woodlands, stretching from the north bank of the Jock River to Barnsdale Road, between Prince of Wales Drive and the Rideau River, excepting two small housing areas off Lockview and Maplehill Way and several private dwellings.
The Park was re-named Beryl Gaffney Park in 1998 in honour of Nepean resident Beryl Gaffney who not only worked in the Parks and Recreation Department for more than a decade but served on Nepean Council for 9 years, on Regional Council for 6, and as a federal Member of Parliament for two terms. Beryl Gaffney took an avid interest and strongly supported community-based, family-oriented initiatives, especially as they pertained to the healthy city concept, recreation services, and historical amenities.
Land in this southern part of the City was acquired over several decades. The goal of establishing a southern destination point on the Rideau was recognized as early as 1974 with the City’s acquisition of the Richardson property at the northwest corner of the Hwy 16 bridge.
References indicate that the Jock River was used as a transportation corridor for timber from Richmond and Merrickville to the Bytown lumber mills and that one of the early settlements was “Jockvale” at the mouth of the Jock River. Settled in the 1840s the area boasted a post office, general store, blacksmith shop and cheese factory. Part of the existing Heart’s Desire Park was originally willed to Nepean Township by Reverend Father Dawson, who also had a log church built in the area.
Progress to Date
An open house consultation was held on July 5, 2018.
Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation Association applauds the City’s commitment to the Beryl Gaffney Master Park Plan and appreciates the opportunity to provide input. In this context, MCPRA has identified where we concur with the approved 2008 Master Plan; suggested potential updates to the Plan; and recommended several immediate priorities as outlined in the attached document.
2018 - MCPRA Community Consultation Submission
The MCPRA submission was reviewed and approved by the Board before being submitted to the City.
The City is seeking individual and group feedback until January 31, 2019. Residents of the City of Ottawa are encouraged to take a moment and submit their personal thoughts/ ideas to: