Here’s what we saw before Lansdowne was constructed.
This week Michael Vickers sent along an email to The Bulldog concerned about the parking situation at Lansdowne.
Your agent asked him about why the interest?
Here is his excellent response:
Your agent visited the new Lansdowne last week and it was … different.
I hardly know where to start. Perhaps the stadium which is half-good.
The old part of the stadium, the one facing the shopping plaza, has never been very pretty. It didn’t get much prettier with the renovation. And the ice rink beneath the stands is one of the oddest venues anywhere … big seating on one side, very little on the other which would make sense if you are constructing an arena under football stands which they were.
This is a comment from the great Bulldog contributor Sheridan.
He is responding to the post: Surprise! Parking Problems At Lansdowne:
“So all of this has come to pass.”
But let us be clear that this was not through ignorance. Indeed, if anyone knew that traffic/parking would be an issue at Lansdowne, it was Mayor Jim Watson, who used to be a councillor for the Capital ward, as well as being a former Mayor of Ottawa (pre-amalgamation).
“Parking tickets would do the trick.”
– Mayor Jim Watson on parking confusion around Lansdowne Park
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This is a comment from frequent Bulldog contributor Sheridan concerned the Lansdowne deal:
I don’t believe that the city should ever enter into such complex, waterfall contracts.
One might even question whether P3 contracts have ever been beneficial to the taxpayer. But certainly one would have expected former mayor Larry O’Brien (who was a long-time businessman) and Kent Kirkpatrick, the city manager, to have understood the terms of this waterfall contract.
The great Bulldog commenter Sheridan addresses the parking problems at Lansdowne Park:
Councillor (Deputy Mayor) Bob Monette stated that he was concerned about a lack of on-site parking during some Ottawa 67’s games this season, and frustrated over game day traffic jams on Bank Street. Parking cars on the stadium field would “solve your 67’s issue.”
“(The passengers) were pretty agitated . . . . There were some girls crying. They were pretty upset.”
Singing the national anthem at TD Place after Ottawa’s terror attack. Do we really want to turn this into a winter parking lot?
Just when you thought that it was almost impossible to have one more controversy at Lansdowne Park, well here’s a new one. And not a good one.
“We wanted this to be a site where cars are tolerated, but not invited.”
– Capital Councillor David Chernushenko on parking cars on the playing field at Lansdowne.
Imagine a frigid Ottawa winter without the hockey Senators.
The Canadian Tire Centre is not exactly ideally located, but it’s not as bad a spot as some would have you believe.
Still if the Senators say they need a new rink, well they probably need a new rink.
Charlie Farquharson, aka the late Don Harron, from the Hee Haw television program.
The mighty Sheridan, commenter extraordinaire, brings us the late actor-writer Don Harron’s Charlie Farquharson who gives a bit of a travelogue on visiting the redeveloped Lansdowne for the first time.
This is brilliant. Thank you, Sheridan:
This is a City of Ottawa report presented to the National Capital Commission this week.
The report was sent to The Bulldog by the NCC.
In it, the city says there were: “Severe operational and potential safety constraints of combined shuttle and bus service on Bank Street” on major event days at Lansdowne.
Please click on the highlighted words below to read the city presentation to the NCC on traffic at Lansdowne on major event days:
National Capital Commission CEO Mark Kristmanson dropped a blockbuster of an announcement at a speech to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning.
Kristmanson floated the trial balloon that the NCC would soon be making a major announcement on the future of LeBreton Flats. As well, he talked of a major component of the project coming from the private sector.
Is this what Mayor Jim Watson and the people behind Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group envisaged when they opened and re-opened the various amusements at the former Lansdowne Park?
Were they blind to the fact that residents of the Glebe saw all this coming? They had lived through the Rough Rider years, after all.
Now residents of neighbourhoods surrounding Lansdowne are being assaulted by people peeing on their back fences and exposing themselves. Vomit is on the sidewalks or elsewhere.
Ah yes. Football and beer. A classic match.
Except that even the best bladders cannot not withstand the onslaught of much malted beverage without exceeding their bladder PSI … emphasize the pee.
So homeowners in the Glebe neighbourhood near TD Place at Lansdowne are experiencing the rare joys of excessive bladder PSI. Revellers to the new RedBlack football games are deciding in their beery way to empty their bladders on Glebe properties.