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OCC Parking – changes

OTTAWA CURLING CLUB

At the end of November, we reported that our neighbour at 226 Argyle had chosen to reduce the number of spots that we can use on their lot. Now, the owner wants to reduce our access even further.

We started this relationship a few years ago with access to 10-12 spots for our evening curlers. In return, we have provided snow and garbage removal for the property, which is not an insignificant cost. The latest change would reduce our access to 4-5 spots and only for the late evening draw. The math no longer makes sense and the owner has shown no signs of being more accommodating, so we are ending the relationship.

Effective immediately, we ask that members stop parking at 226 Argyle. We also want to warn you that the owner may install a chain between the properties that would prevent access from our property onto Argyle. (A chain used to be installed every winter prior to our current negotiated arrangement.)

We do recognize that there will be some inconvenience as people get used to not being able to drive through. We appreciate your understanding, and ask members to be considerate about letting cars out of our parking lot.

Despite this limitation, the OCC has run multiple draws every evening for decades. The available parking options outside the club’s lot are what makes this possible. Please be prepared to seek alternative neighbourhood parking when our lot is full:

Commercial Parking Lot on the south side of the club lowers its rate after business hours to $3 (TBC). The meter accepts large change and credit cards and the lot is monitored.
Ottawa Police Association Parking Lot, on Catherine Street, is available, but has restrictions: Mon – Wed after 10pm; Thu – Fri after 5pm; Sat – Sun all day. The gates will be up when the lot is open (and free) to OCC members.
Street Parking is available on most surrounding streets, the closest of which are O’Connor, north of Argyle – free after 5:30pm and weekends, as well as Argyle itself – with metered times.

Halifax Bluenose Bonspiel – April 24-26 – a few teams wanted !

There is still space for teams to register for the 2015 Bluenose Bonspiel being held in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia April 24-26.

In true Maritime fashion, this bonspiel will not only focus on curling, but also social events and other activities that showcase the city of Halifax. We are also planning the return of the ever popular East Coast Kitchen Party held in the historic Alexander Keith’s Brewery to finish off the event!

Registration can done by visiting our website at:
www.bluenosebonspiel.ca\registration

Our host hotel this year is the Delta Barrington who are offering room rates starting at $119/night for quad occupancy.

FLIGHTS AVAILABLE FROM OTTAWA-HALIFAX currently less than $400.

Mark Gammon & Lennie Comeau
Bonspiel Co-Chairs