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Advisory to the Neighbourhood–West Side Update

Thursday, April 10, 2014

As advised in February following approval from the National Capital Commission, the Canadian Museum of Nature will begin construction in April of a temporary surface parking lot on the west side of its property. This follows review of a proposed five-year concept for the area (4.2 Mb PDF).

Preparations for construction will start within the next week, weather-depending. The area will be marked off with a construction fence for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of June.

First steps will involve removal of infrastructure, including curbs, the booth and the gate along Argyle Avenue. A tree will also be removed as part of the plans. Because of restrictions along Argyle and McLeod avenues, trucks will exit by a temporary thru-way across the park to O'Connor Street. Regular hours of construction will be Monday to Friday according to City of Ottawa bylaws.

The proposal was presented at a public information session on September 16, 2013. The overall plan will reduce the footprint of the currently available parking on the west side, and maximize the remaining area for public use. The concept plans also include the Regions of Canada Garden and an Arctic sculpture. These two elements are subject to a separate approval process.

The concept plans and other information about the west side can be viewed at nature.ca/west.

Sincerely,
Margaret Beckel,
President and CEO
Canadian Museum of Nature
questions@mus-nature.ca

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