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(Posted 4:30 p.m., March 30)
Council approves $20K contribution to pave Navan fairgrounds

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ottawa city council has approved a total of $50,000 to help pave the Navan Fairgrounds right-of-way, the Navan Curling Club parking lot and the access loop around the Navan Memorial Arena. File photo


The effort to pave the Navan Curling Club parking lot has received a $20,000 boost from the City of Ottawa after city council voted to take the money from the Cumberland Special Reserve Fund on Wednesday.

The Navan Curling Club parking lot has been a bone of contention for years. The parking lot, which also serves as a right of way to the Navan Fairgrounds and the Centennial Park baseball diamond, is renowned for having more potholes per square metre than any other piece of roadway in the city.

The Cumberland Township Agricultural Society owns the actual land the right-of-way runs through. The Agriculture Society joined forces with the Navam Curling Club last year to launch the Navan Community Hub Access Improvement Project. Their goal was to raise $120,000 to pave the right-of-way to the park, the parking lot and the loop around the Navan Memorial Arena.

Because the right-of-way also allows access to the arena and the municipal park, the Society was hoping the city would help cover a portion of the cost.

Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais took up their cause and discovered through discussions with Orleans Ward Coun. Bob Monette that $20,000 which had been previously earmarked for a project in Queenswood Heights had gone unspent.

It's that money that council decided to redirect to the Navan Community Hub Access Improvement Project Another $50,000 is being contributed from the Rural Community Building Grant Program for a total contribution of $70,000.

The $20,000 contribution from the Cumberland Special Reserve Fund had been set aside to rebuild a small brick wall with the words "Queenswood Heights" on it that was destroyed by vandals in 2005.

The expenditure was approved in 2007, but the Queenswood Heights Community Association decided not to follow through with the project fearing that the rebuilt wall would eventually be vandalized again.

The Cumberland Special Reserve Fund was established in 2001 using unspent reserve funds from the former municipality with the provision that it would only be spent on Cumberlan Legacy projects.

The intitial balance of the fund was just over $2 million. Half the money was used to develop the Petrie Island beach and park. Another $300,000 was used to help build the Kiwanis Playground across from Millenium Park. Other projects include a skateboard park in Vars, a waterplay park in Queenswood Heights, a play structure in Carlsbad Sprngs and nature trail repairs in Navan.

The balance showing as of June 30, 2011 was $120,191. Taking into account the $20,000 that has been approved for the Navan Community Hub Access Improvement Project, the fund still has a balance of almost $100,000.

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