Community Update

Dear General Burns Community,

***General Burns Community Association AGM – Report 2020***

As you know, the Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of changes to all of our plans and the General Burns Community Association is no exception. We are postponing some activities and attempting to make alternate plans where possible. Here is a summary of impacts to local General Burns community activities:

      • General Burns Lodge is closed for bookings until at least June 30th. Keyholders, please do not access the building.
      • All city parks, including General Burns Park, are closed except for walk-through traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to keep at least a 2 metre distance while walking through the park.
      • All park equipment is closed. This includes the play structure, basketball court, baseball diamond, tennis courts, picnic tables and benches.
      • We have confirmed with the City of Ottawa’s Adopt-A-Park program that our annual Spring Clean-up must be postponed at least until after June 30th. While the melting snow has revealed a lot of litter, we ask that you please do not put yourself at risk by stopping to clean the park.
      • The General Burns Butterfly Garden is closed. We are so appreciative of the many eager volunteers who want to make this garden bloom for our community and to help our environment, but we ask that you refrain from working on the garden until the park reopens. Bylaw officers are patrolling parks and we wouldn’t want volunteers to get fined for tending the garden. Our hope is that Mother Nature will take care of our perennials and we will be able to resume helping her along after June 30th.
      • The next General Burns Community Association executive meeting, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, will take place virtually on Zoom. If you are interested in joining this meeting, please email GeneralBurnsGarden@gmail.com.
      • The General Burns Community Association Annual General Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m., is being replaced by an annual report detailing our activities for the past year.  The report can be found at this link.
      • The annual Fun Day cannot proceed as scheduled for May 23. We are waiting for more information before making a final decision on whether we might be able to offer a community-building event in the fall or resume the Fun in 2021, and will provide an update as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times. We hope you and your families stay safe and stay well. For the latest information from the City of Ottawa, please visit ottawa.ca/en/health-and-public-safety/covid-19-ottawa. For Ottawa Public Health information, please visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Your General Burns Community Association volunteers