Bridging communities: A new foot/cycle crossing

In the last few months, a new route has emerged linking Overbrook and Sandy Hill: a new bridge is bringing these communities much closer together, the Adàwe Crossing.  Representatives from the city, residents from the neighbouring communities, and members of First Nations, will join to celebrate this achievement and its benefits now and for the future. Jane Jacobs would approve!

Photo:  One of the gazing spheres that adorn the Adàwe Crossing.

A First Nations artist will call everyone together with drumming and ceremonial activities.  Ottawa's town crier will read a proclamation of Jane Jacob's Day.  The City Councillors for the area will recount how the bridge came to be and what it means for the future, residents will share their impressions on what the bridge means for their communities, and a member of the Algonquin nation will talk about the nomadic lifestyle of the First Nations and their use of the land and the river. 

The walk will be followed by refreshments at the Rideau Tennis Club, where we will have an opportunity to continue our conversation.

Later this summer, the City of Ottawa will host an opening of the artwork on the bridge. 

This is a bilingual walk./Ceci est une visite guidée bilingue.  Description francais.   
There is a follow-up walk to this one that will be held immediately following:  
Artistic Celebration of Jane Jacobs from the Anishinaabe People

Carte indiquant le point de départ

The walk will begin at the Theatre Platform in Strathcona Park (used for Shakespeare in the Park and Odyssey Theatre's "Theatre Under the Stars").  Then we will walk to the bridge, cross over, stopping at the art installation, and then continue to the Overbrook side.  From there, we will go south on the path to the Poet's Pathway stone.  Finally, we will return north to the Rideau Tennis Club, where the walk will end.  

Parking is available on side streets in Sandy Hill and in the parking lot at the Sandy Hill end of the bridge.  To get to the theatre platform, walk north on the path along the riverbank.  It takes 7-10 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the theatre platform.  Follow the drumming!

Note:  depending on the weather you may want to wear sunscreen and/or a hat.  It may be cooler along the river. 

Au sujet du guide
  • Daniel Richer, town crier of Ottawa, will read an official proclamation
  • Overbrook resident Louise Renauld-George will hand around the talking stick

Sharing their perspectives on this new landmark will be: 

  • Doreen Stevens Animitagize Odaying, Algonquin Artist & drummer
  • Mathieu Fleury, Councillor for Rideau-Vanier
  • Kenneth Emig, Artist, A View from Two Sides, installation on the Adàwe Crossing.
  • Tobi Nussbaum, Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe
  • Verna McGregor, Aboriginal Women's Support Centre, Minwaashin Lodge

This walk was facilitated by Anne Prowse & Louise Renauld-George. 

Information on the commissioned public art installed on the Adàwe Crossing can be found on the City of Ottawa website, A View from Two Sides, and on the project page on the artist's website here


Louise Renauld-George et Anne Prowse

Date:sam 7 mai, 2016
Durée: 1 heure
Langue: anglais
Début:Strathcona Park Theatre Platform
Fin:Rideau Tennis Club
Quartier:Sandy Hill/Overbrook
Distance:1.0 km

The walk will use paved paths or optionally on grass.

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