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Lansdowne Smoking Ban Riles One Person

- August 18th, 2014

You can’t smoke in city parks. Lansdowne Park included.

There’s a smoking ban at Lansdowne Park, just like at all the other municipal parks in Ottawa.

Will that deter people from visiting the redeveloped Lansdowne?

Yes. At least one person.

I received this email over the weekend from a reader disgusted that smoking isn’t allowed in the new urban park.

I read your articles in todays newspaper about the new Lansdowne Park with great interest until I got to reading some of the hi-lights.

” and oh!, by the way no smoking anywhere in Lansdowne Park”

What Moron came up with that bright idea? I don’t like it , but I can accept not smoking indoors or even in the outdoor stadium due to the close proximity of other people. But I cannot accept no smoking in the wide open spaces of an outdoor park.

How can any by-law justify such a ridiculous notion. Any smoke from a cigarette would instantly dissipate into the open air not harming anyone.

I have lived all my life in Ottawa. I pay taxes to this city, but have been basically told that I cannot visit the park.

I had planned to visit the park once all the construction had been finished, but now have no desire to ever visit the new park.

How can I possible enjoy wandering around the park, if I can’t enjoy a cigarette at the same time.

Oh! for the good old days when you could smoke everywhere, ie. in hospital rooms , in doctor’s waiting rooms, in movie theatres, in concert halls, in restaurants, on planes, trains, buses, etc.

I am very disappointed in this city. Please forward this e-mail to your contacts at city hall.

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Lansdowne Park Could Be Green For Friday

- July 15th, 2014

I have no real concept of how fast it takes to build things, like stadiums and urban parks.

When Lansdowne project manager Marco Manconi took us on a tour of the site last Friday, I remember remarking to Sun photographer Tony Caldwell how much still needs to be done at the park. Bulldozers were pushing out top soil and the art screen was partially installed. Manconi said it was a personal goal to have the sod down in the park by the Ottawa RedBlacks’ first home game this Friday. He wasn’t making any promises.

Seeing the sod go down today is a big deal, both for Watson and Manconi. At the time of writing this, about half of the sod had been laid, so if the weather co-operates, there could actually be a lawn. It probably won’t be ready for people to use yet, but it will make things look so much better for the thousands of people attending the game and watching on TV across the country.

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Game Day In The Glebe

- July 4th, 2014

The Glebe BIA is certainly ready to embrace fans on Ottawa RedBlacks’ game days.

At one time the organization was hesitant about what was coming down the pipe with the redevelopment, but now that the project almost done businesses might as well find a way to profit off it.

I chatted today with executive director Andrew Peck, who rhymed off several initiatives the BIA is looking into ahead of the July 18 home opener at Lansdowne Park’s TD Place.

“It’s not just what’s going on at Lansdowne,” Peck said.

This football season could be lucrative for businesses in the Glebe and Old Ottawa South. The restaurants at Lansdowne won’t be open in time for the season, so eateries and bars on and around Bank St. are going to be magnets for thirsty and hungry fans.

And, shuttle buses will start running to TD Place three hours before game time. They’ll go back to the shuttle lots for three hours after the final whistle sounds. That’s a lot of time for pre-game and post-game spending on Bank St.

As Peck put it, “come early, stay late.”

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Detailed Lansdowne Park Update

- May 2nd, 2014

Here’s the official update to council. Some good news in there for those advocating for more public washrooms in the city.

Lansdowne Update – Q4Q1 2014_EN – May 2

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More Lansdowne Tenants Confirmed

- February 27th, 2014

More Lansdowne Park tenants confirmed, although many names here appeared on an early retail map for the redevelopment.

Lansdowne’s Urban Village develops a personality

Le village urbain de Lansdowne développe sa personnalité

La version française suit

February 27, 2014

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) today released an update on committed retail tenants at Lansdowne, Ottawa’s new lifestyle destination in the geographic centre of the city. Lansdowne will offer a broad spectrum of retail, dining and recreation experiences on a 40-acre section of Ottawa’s most cherished neighborhood, the Glebe.

“Earlier this week, Cineplex Entertainment announced a unique to Ottawa, state-of-the-art, ten-screen theatre complex at Lansdowne and today I’m excited to talk about some of our other retail partners,” said OSEG Chairman Roger Greenberg. “We have now leased over 80% of the retail space at Lansdowne which affirms our shared vision with the City of Ottawa for transforming Lansdowne into a vibrant mixed-use destination. We’ve also exceeded our target of hosting 40% new-to-Ottawa or unique retailers at Lansdowne and that percentage will advance as we finalize leases for the remaining retail space.”

“I’m delighted to see the retail vision for Lansdowne become a reality,” said John Williams, Senior Partner in the J.C. Williams Group, which proposed the strategic retail planning report approved by Council, which outlined the composition and vision of shops at Lansdowne.

“The objective was twofold: to create a unique urban village with interesting stores, cafés, restaurants, services, cinemas and entertainment; and to complement the Glebe’s Bank Street retail shops and cafés by providing stores and services that are missing on Bank Street. I think OSEG has made great strides towards achieving both of these objectives.”
“I’m pleased to see to even more retailers sign on to the exciting Lansdowne Park revitalization — this is a vote of confidence in the project and our city’s economic future,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Whether you’re a sports fan, a shopper, a movie-goer, or simply want to gather with your family and friends, the new Lansdowne will truly offer something for everyone.”

“We welcome the new businesses to the area,” said Greg Best, Chair of the Glebe BIA. “The Glebe is a popular destination and we’re confident the shops, restaurants and services announced today will do well here in one of Ottawa’s most vibrant shopping districts.”
As outlined below, the new urban village at Lansdowne will include a mixture of new and familiar shops, restaurants and services.

Well known in Western Canada, JOEY Restaurants will bring their innovative casual fine dining concept to Ottawa. JOEY President and CEO Jeff Fuller says the urban village concept at Lansdowne was key to his decision to expand to Ottawa. “The Lansdowne concept is very much in-line with our own concept for JOEY,” said Fuller. “Inside, we’re lively and luxurious and outside, our patio spaces are designed to provide guests with a vacation atmosphere. The synergy of urban retail space and parkland at Lansdowne is in perfect alignment with our philosophy.”

With almost 900,000 members across Canada, GoodLife Fitness is Canada’s most popular health and fitness club, perfectly aligned with the healthy lifestyle environment offered by Lansdowne. GoodLife will open a state-of-the art 30,000 square foot health and fitness club on the lower level of TD Place with easy access from the urban village shopping district and the underground parking garage.

Whole Foods Market is the world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods. With over 360 market stores in North America and Europe, it makes its Ottawa debut at Lansdowne.

A new concept LCBO VQA Destination Boutique featuring an expanded selection of Ontario’s VQA wines, including hard-to-find wines from smaller producers, will be housed inside a full-size LCBO store

South St. Burger Company makes its Ottawa debut with premium, 100% pure and fresh gluten free Angus Beef burgers, grilled chicken breasts, New York Fries and other favorites in a contemporary New York loft-style environment.

Also new to Ottawa, Local Lounge and Grill is an urban retreat featuring VQA wines, innovative cocktails and craft brewed draught beers, coupled with a menu that features classic favorites prepared with seasonal local ingredients.

A next-generation, energy-efficient TD Bank concept at Lansdowne marries environmental sustainability and TD’s legendary customer service in a uniquely inviting space, seven days a week.

Cineplex Cinemas Lansdowne and VIP is a visionary 10-screen, state-of-the-art theatre complex that offers luxurious seating and licensed in-seat service in some of its movie auditoriums.

New to Ottawa, Sporting Life is Canada’s headquarters for energetic visitors of all ages. At Lansdowne, they’ll offer 43,000 sq. ft. of top-of-the-line, brand-name equipment and lifestyle fashion for those who live The Sporting Life.

Other confirmed retail outlets at Lansdowne include: REDBLACKS/67′s/Fury FC team store, PetSmart, Pharma Plus, The Source, BMO, Telus, Rinaldo’s, Booster Juice, Jack Astor’s and Milestones. Several other retail leases are in the final stages of discussion and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Collectively, the Lansdowne retail district, in harmony with TD Place, the new urban park, residential dwellings and the office tower, represent a modern urban village in a park setting with synergies to satisfy the diverse needs of the Glebe and Ottawa at large.

In 2012, OSEG partnered with the City of Ottawa to develop a plan for Lansdowne that would transform the historic exhibition grounds into a green, sustainable public space that offers sports and entertainment, recreation, shopping, a workplace, dining and condominium living. TD Place at Lansdowne, the new stadium and arena complex, is Ottawa’s downtown concert venue and home to the CFL’s Ottawa REDBLACKS, the NASL’s Ottawa Fury FC and the OHL’s Ottawa 67′s. The shops at Lansdowne are 360,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space designed to complement existing businesses in the Glebe and provide a unique shopping experience. The new, 18-acre Lansdowne Park with the national heritage Aberdeen Pavilion at its centre links the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal with Bank Street and returns green space to Lansdowne. The park will include a great lawn, refrigerated skating rink, children’s play area, farmers’ market space, art pieces and linkages to pedestrian and cycling pathways along the Rideau Canal. Bordered by Queen Elizabeth Driveway to the East and Bank Street to the West, Lansdowne is easily accessible by public transit and bicycle paths.

About the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG)
The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is a partnership of five Ottawa business and community leaders. OSEG has partnered with the City of Ottawa to revitalize Lansdowne, which will house the TD Place sports and entertainment facility, the historic Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building, a new commercial district, an office tower, two condominium towers, townhomes and an 18-acre urban park. OSEG also owns and operates three sports teams: the Ottawa REDBLACKS (CFL), Ottawa Fury FC (NASL) and the Ottawa 67′s (OHL). The CFL football team and the NASL soccer team will commence play in 2014. For more information on OSEG visit