As you may have heard the City Council removed the two bridges from the current plan for the Valley and sent the report back to staff for additional consultation. There was some discussion at the Council meeting about an alternate location for a bridge across the Creek from our part of the Valley to the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate. What happens next remains to be seen. Thanks to those of you who expressed your views to members of Council. Councillor Squire worked very hard on our behalf.
Neighbourhood Decision Making Funds Available Again
The deadline for submissions is May 22. This means we will have a chance to discuss submissions at our AGM on May 24th. Last year’s submission for playground equipment in the new park at the former Sherwood Forest school site only lost by 8 votes!! Voting day will be June 16th from 10 to 4 pm at all library branches and online for the 24 hours from 12:01 am on June 16th. We will bring this up at the AGM. If you wish to submit a project idea, you can get more information at getinvolved.london.ca/NDM
We would like to have three benches installed in three of the parks in the Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest neighbourhood. The three parks are Sherwood Forest, Rollingwood Cres and Furanna. At Furanna, as there is a tennis court, a bike rack is also requested. Finally, an information sign about the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area could be installed at either the Longbow Road entrance (Access point #18) or at the Doncaster Gate (Access Point #19)
BBQ and AGM Coming Up – May 24th with the BBQ starting at 6 pm
Our annual BBQ and AGM at Orchard Park Public School will take place on Thursday, May 24th with the BBQ at 6 pm followed by our AGM. If you are interested in being on the Executive of the Ratepayers’ Association, please contact Sandy Levin. At the meeting there will be display boards about the upcoming development on the former Sherwood Forrest School site, an update from City staff about how we will be involved in what goes into the park portion of the site, news from Western about its open space and car free campus plans and a City Hall update from Councillor Squire.
Sherwood Forest School Site Development
There was a well-attended meeting at the Medway Arena about the upcoming housing development on the former site of the Sherwood Forest School. The slide show is available here.
If you missed the meeting, the developer’s agent will have display boards at the upcoming BBQ and AGM on May 24th.
Having Visitors This Summer and No Room? Consider Brescia
Clare Hall accommodations are operated from the reception at 271 Ramsay Rd during the months of May through August. This reception is open 24/7 and also houses security dispatch at night. The rooms become available to the public each season around mid-May and close down approximately the 3rd week of August each year. Actual dates are posted on the Brescia website each year.
Guests wishing to make a reservation can do so by calling the reception at 519-858-5150 directly or by registering online through Brescia’s website: http://brescia.uwo.ca/conference/accommodation/guest-registration/
Rooms can be rented nightly, weekly or monthly (longer term stays are typically discretional and pre-screened to ensure the right fit). Rates for 2018 are $80+HST/night for a “private room” with 1 queen bed, or $130+HST/night for a “conjoined/shared suite,” two neighboring rooms each with 1x queen bed who share an ensuite bathroom split between them.
Each accommodation wing has a common lounge with kitchenette (oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, sink, hot water dispenser etc) and cable TV, dining area and lounge seating. Each room comes with its own mini fridge, vanity, work desk and wardrobe.
Finally, during the spring and summer, Brescia reduces its daily public food service options, but anyone from the neighborhood can enjoy a Starbucks, snack or hot lunch special each weekday (M-F) from the Mercato Starbucks kiosk. The kiosk is open from 8am-3pm and serves a different hot lunch each weekday from 11-2.
Next year is Brescia’s Centennial. In January there will be a mass and a reception. An invitation will be circulated to us. Homecoming in the Fall 2019 will have a burial of a time capsule. It is likely that the building that is replacing the older building along Brescia will be completed by then although no date has been set for the ground breaking.