Orchard Park Sherwood Forest Ratepayers Group is a London, Ontario, Canada based neighbourhood organization serving the Orchard Park and Sherwood Forest areas of London.
The area is approximately bounded on the west by Wonderland Road, Sarnia Road on the South, Gainsborough Road to the North, the University of Western Ontario and the Medway Valley.
You may have seen a Trail Closure notice at the Metamora bridge in the Medway. We have already indicated to the city staff involved that the community supports repairing the bridge. However, because the bridge has been deemed structurally unstable, the City is required to close approaches to the bridge. We have been told that the area shown on the map that is closed includes the entrance to the Valley that is behind the Monastery because the City cannot direct users to private properties.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact city staff directly as per the information on the attached, or we can pass along comments and replies.
Here are the results of the OPSF Halloween Survey.
It seems like most people in our neighbourhood who answered the survey like to participate in Halloween, but it won’t be as busy a night this year for participation.
Here is a spreadsheet with three tabs showing the results of the survey questions as well as a grouping of the open-ended comments.
207 respondents answered the survey. (There are approximately 900 households in the neighborhood and about 500 people are on the e mail list).
The comments indicate that it is a pretty close split between don’t do it and leave treats out, or handing out via social distancing. Also, many people have ideas about their own parties etc.
So it seems like Halloween will happen in our area for those who want to participate – which will largely be by leaving out treats or social distancing. Likely there will be fewer kids participating this year given the families who report they want to do their own event with a few friends or just their family.
The Ratepayers have prepared a survey to assist the neighborhood in determining what plans families have for Halloween. Please consider filling out this survey by Oct 26th so that the results can be tabulated and circulated.
We received an information sheet from Councillor Squire regarding information about social gatherings during the COVID 19 restrictions.
Sneak thieves are still about. If you do park your car outside, be sure it is locked. It is also recommended that you bring your garage door opener indoors so that it doesn’t become a target for a thief.
No AGM in 2020
The Executive wants to remind you that we are not holding our ratepayers Annual General Meeting this year out of an abundance of caution. We are also extending the length of paid memberships to May 2021. If you did pay membership since this May, your membership will remain current until May 2022.
With the new school year just around the corner, Western University is going to welcome thousands of students coming back to the campus and the city of London in a few days. This year, residence move-in days will be extended to five days, from Thursday, September 3 to Monday September 7, 2020. During this period, increased traffic is expected on campus and in the surrounding areas. To assist with student pedestrian safety during Orientation Week, University Bridge and sections of Lambton Drive, Huron Drive and Philip Aziz Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Monday, September 7 until Saturday, September 12, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. each night.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. If there are any questions, please contact our office at (519) 661.3550 or email us at email@example.com