Posted by: HamptonIona | March 31, 2020

Community Garden Request – COVID-19

While Hampton Iona does not currently have any food-related community gardens (we do have an ornamental community garden in Iona Park), these gardens have become an important source of food for many residents throughout the City.

On Monday night, the Ontario government identified food related community gardens as recreation activities for closure, as opposed to essential food services, where tens of thousands of people across Ontario grow food for their households.

Just Food Ottawa, which co-ordinates food community gardens in Ottawa advises that safety protocols are in the process of being developed to adhere to public safety requirements, which is how grocery stores, food banks and farmers’ markets have been dealt with – all places we get the food we need.

Just Food Ottawa requests that you write your local MPP to request that food-related community gardens be allowed to continue.  For further details, please see:



Posted by: HamptonIona | March 31, 2020

Friends of Hampton Park Update

The Friends of Hampton Park have shared their March 2020 newsletter. You can read their update in the pdf below.


Link: Hampton Park March 2020 News



Posted by: HamptonIona | February 19, 2020

Iona Park Skating!

Another beautiful skating day at the Iona Park skating rink:


From your Hampton Iona Community Group Volunteers!

Posted by: HamptonIona | February 12, 2020

Hampton Park Walk

The Friends of Hampton Park are hosting a Spring Preview in Hampton Park on Saturday February 15th, at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Please see more information on the attached flier!


Spring Preview February 2020 Walk



Posted by: HamptonIona | February 12, 2020

Iona Park Rink

In recognition that there will be school closures on February 13, and a PD Day on February 14 with the schools closed, we are modifying the operating hours of the Iona Rink this week so that families and others that are looking for something to do can come out to skate or play a game of hockey during the day.  Instead of our supervised evening hours, the rink will be open with supervision both days from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Of course, the rink will be available for skating both evenings but there will be no supervision and the trailer will be locked.

As the Iona Park Rink is operated by the Hampton Iona Community Group rather than a rink company we are able to be flexible with respect to our operating hours as required.  As well, while the City requires us to have the trailer open with supervision for only 20 hours/week this operating model allows us to maximize our open hours and with weather permitting, we are open over 35 hours/week.  We have also been able to provide jobs to many of our neighbourhood youth over the years.   This operating model has served our community well and has been viable because there have always been volunteers to help build and maintain the rink.

Lorne Cutler

Hampton Iona Community Group President and Rink Manager


Posted by: HamptonIona | February 6, 2020

Transit in Ottawa

The following message was shared with us from Ecology Ottawa:

Each day seems to bring more bleak transit news. For all its promise, Ottawa’s new light rail system has been plagued with serious problems – from strange smells in stations, to flat wheels on trains, to technical glitches made worse by rain and snow. And these problems point to deeper issues – a lack of transparency, eroding public trust and risks for the future of our transit system.

Despite these challenges, it’s clear we must get transit right – to function as a city and to respond to the climate emergency. Join us on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. for a public discussion on the theme, “What should Ottawa do for better transit?”

Click here toget your free ticket!

This public panel – co-organized with Ottawa Transit Riders, Free Transit Ottawa, and Healthy Transportation Coalition – will set out the path for great transit in our city. We’ll explore ideas like free transit, better access for pedestrians and cyclists, and a more inclusive transit system.

This event will also mark the launch the 2020 Ottawa Transit Challenge, organized by Ottawa Transit Riders. The mayor, councillors, staff and supporters are asked to commit to riding the bus, train, or Para Transpo for seven days, from February 17 to 23. The goal is to provide city decision-makers and the public with direct information on the state of our transit system. If you’d like to participate, sign up here!

See you at the panel!

Emilie, Erik, Liza, Velta, Robb and the entire Ecology Ottawa team

P.S. To find out more information about Ecology Ottawa’s transit audits completed in 2019, please follow these links:

P.P.S. To find out more information about the 2019 Transit Challenge click here.



Posted by: HamptonIona | January 29, 2020

Winter in Iona Park!

Hampton Iona Events

Following a great summer and fall of activities in our local parks, the fun continues with skating throughout the winter at the Iona Park rink!  Around this time of year, we usually begin to look forward to the Winter Carnival, hosted by the Hampton Iona Community Group. We love to support and promote these great events but this winter we are stretched a bit thin and unfortunately we will have to put off this event this year. While there will be no winter carnival this year, if you come to skate on the weekend, you may find Timbits, cookies, hot chocolate and/or other treats available in the trailer, compliments of your Community Group.

Our Community Group is always on the lookout for new ideas and activities in the neighbourhood, as well as anyone interested in volunteering for one event or many! “Many hands make light work”, so we would love to hear from you if you can help, even for a couple hours.

If you have any ideas for your Community Group or wish to volunteer for other possible community events throughout the year, please contact us at We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you at the rink this winter!

Rink Status

Hampton Iona Community Group wishes to thank the rink volunteers and attendants for their hard work in getting the rink up and running, (as well as maintaining it through challenging weather conditions)! We are also pleased to note that after much back and forth with the City of Ottawa, the much awaited hockey nets have finally arrived!

Posted by: HamptonIona | January 27, 2020

Hydro One Vegetation Maintenance

Hydro One shared the following message with us:

Hydro One is responsible for maintaining a safe distance between vegetation and power lines. This important work keeps the corridor safe for public use, the lights on and allows access for our crews.

In order to provide a continued supply of safe and reliable electricity, Hydro One will be removing or trimming trees and other vegetation on the Hydro One transmission corridor in the City of Ottawa, see attached map.

In your community, work along the corridor will include the removal of trees and other vegetation that at maturity can either grow into, near or fall into the power lines, and the removal of vegetation at tower bases. Hydro One crews will need to address a number of trees at in the hydro corridor trail. In these locations, a number of trees that are currently located directly under or near the power lines will need to be removed in 2020.

Our crews will complete work using hand tools, such as chainsaws and pruners. Support vehicles such as bucket trucks and chippers will be used where necessary. Our crews will do their best to minimize any inconvenience for residents and users of the trails located on the corridor.

Our skilled forestry technicians will be dropping notices to residents and having one-on-one conversation with impacted property owners over the coming weeks.

In addition, Hydro One will host a Community Drop-in Information meeting on February 11 at the Dovercourt Community Center from 5:30 to 7pm to provide more information about the scheduled work, and to answer any questions residents might have.

The two attachments below also provide more information. If you have any questions, you can also contact Hydro One at:

Andreea Nicoara

Community Relations, Forestry

Hydro One Networks Inc.

Tel:         (416) 345-4690




10165 Community Notice Feb 11 Final


Posted by: HamptonIona | January 16, 2020

Iona Park Rink is Open!

The skating rink at Iona Park is officially open for the season!

The supervised hours are:

M-Th.: 5:30-9:30pm

Fr.: 5:00-9:30pm

Sa-Su.: 11:30am-5:00pm


Posted by: HamptonIona | January 12, 2020

Transportation Master Plan

The City of Ottawa has shared the following message with us:

Ottawa is a growing city, now with more than 1 million people. With growth comes the need to update the Transportation Master Plan, which is the City’s blueprint for the planning, funding, and implementation of its walking, cycling, transit and road networks over the next several decades.

The TMP update will take place in four phases over the next two-and-a-half years with many opportunities for public input.

Until January 24, you can complete a short online questionnaire about what you consider important for the master plan update.

Fill out the questionnaire and sign up for updates at


Get involved! Transportation planning decisions affect each and every one of us, no matter how you move through the city!


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