An update on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s Western Area Pupil Accommodation review was released last week and as you may have seen in the news, Leslie Park Public School is one of the schools recommended for closure as early as September 2017.
Even if you do not have children, or your children will not be affected by the proposed changes, you will want to follow these developments as the outcome could impact all Leslie Park homeowners. In addition to the loss of public space and social connections provided by a school, school closures present a significant deterrent to families staying in the community or moving to it; which can erode property values.1
If the decision is made in early 2017 to close Leslie Park, it is important that we engage with city officials now to try and influence decision making and work towards a plan that preserves our greenspace, minimizes traffic and heavy construction, and maintains the site for a community hub.
The LPCA plans to create a committee this fall to brainstorm ideas and ensure our community’s concerns are represented through this process. We will work with Councillor Rick Chiarelli’s office to advise us on strategy and stay abreast of any re-zoning proposals for the area. If you are interested in joining this working group, please email email@example.com by Friday, September 16th. We will plan to meet as a group by early October.
We strongly encourage you to attend public meetings and voice your concerns about the school closure through OCDSB’s public consultation process outlined below:
Sept. 7, 2016 - Public Meeting - Staff report presented to Committee of the Whole
Sept. 15-Oct. 2, 2016 - Public invited to share thoughts in Phase 1 of Thoughtexchange online platform
Oct. 17-Nov. 6, 2016 - Public invited to star/prioritize thoughts in Phase 2 of Thoughtexchange
Oct. 27, 2016 - First Public Meeting for Western Area Review
Nov. 17, 2016 - Results from Thoughtexchange will be shared
Jan. 10, 2017 Second Public Meeting for Western Area Review
Please note that LPCA’s fall meeting, originally scheduled for October 27th, will be moved so residents can attend the Western Area Review meeting. We will circulate the new date by the end of September.
Leslie Park Community Association