The NCC is responsible for most of what is good and attractive in Ottawa.
In the process of delivering the nice stuff, the NCC relies on government ownership of the property. Alas, the Law of Unintended Consequences comes into play. Measures intended to promote access to the waterfronts end up cutting them off, “public” space is too often “dead” space.
The introduction of a new urban beach in downtown Ottawa might go a long way to rectifying this. The beach, between Ottawa U and the canal, on the east side of the Corktown Bridge (not to be confused with Corkstown Road, which is way far away), is now taking shape.
I could smell the new-sawn wood before I could see the patio structure. I must confess to being amazed that the patio was so large and elaborate, for a temporary structure. There is some serious money going into this pop-up canal side experiment in urban recreation. I hope it can be easily dismantled in September and resurrected next year.
Closer , the nicely trimmed overhead beams can be appreciated, and the food vending wagon identified. I hope they are licensed to sell beer, both for the popularity of the beach and its financial success…
At the present looks, it will be a very sunny deck. Note also the nice glass railings, in order to not block the view of the soupy Rideau.
Is not worth pondering for a moment that in a city surrounded by major and minor rivers and lakes, we are creating an artificial beach?
The beach itself was surprisingly modest. Big enough for a beach volleyball tourney for sure, or beach badminton, and maybe even toasting some flesh. But the money is in the patio and not the beach.
The patio is certainly welcome. For all the “public space” along the canals and waterways, there are surprisingly few places to go for dinner. The Westboro Yacht Club is unpretentious and affordable. I took guests to the Canal Ritz on the weekend, and found the patio delightful, without so much as a bike path between it and the water, but O La La one pays a handsome price for the privilege.
Where else should the NCC or Ottawa be encouraging cafes?