Lansdowne Park Grand Opening
Saturday, August 16th 2014
An artist's rendering of the newly developed Lansdowne site
Exciting changes are underway at Lansdowne Park! This beautiful area, located in the Glebe beside the Rideau Canal, has been an important part of Ottawa's past, and promises to be an integral part of Ottawa's future for generations to come. This space has an incredibly rich heritage, and for decades has served as a focal point for Ottawa’s agricultural events, exhibitions, concerts, sporting events, and military heritage. After years of debate and neglect, and a major restoration project, Lansdowne Park is finally coming to life again!
We have already seen the opening of the brand new TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne, now the home of Ottawa’s newest soccer and football franchises: the Ottawa Fury FC and the Ottawa REDBLACKS. But as Mayor Jim Watson has been insisting for months, Ottawa is finally putting the “park” back in Lansdowne Park with the unveiling of the public green-space portion of the redevelopment.
Be there to witness the next chapter of Lansdowne’s rich history with the official opening of Lansdowne Park, a stunning new urban park that will make Lansdowne a gathering place that all Ottawa residents can enjoy.
The "old-fashioned picnic and carnival" themed grand opening will take place on Saturday August 16th, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This exciting event will have something for everyone, and promises to be a day of good old-fashioned fun that celebrates Ottawa's diverse heritage and bright future.
Some of the many highlights of the day include:
- Unveiling of the Great Lawn… the perfect spot to picnic!
- Free popcorn and cotton candy
- Aberdeen Square will feature gourmet local food trucks (who are donating 10% of the day’s proceeds to the Ottawa Food Bank)
- Lots of fun for little ones including: crafts, old fashioned games, face painting, and more
- Exhibits about Ottawa’s football history, and the chance to take a picture with the Grey Cup
- Lots of entertainment, including acrobats, jugglers, mascots, and local musicians
- Interactive exhibitions at Aberdeen Pavilion demonstrating the history of Lansdowne Park and life in Ottawa
- Enjoy a ride on a vintage Ferris wheel or carousel
This is a great chance for residents from all areas of Ottawa to explore the new urban park in Ottawa’s core, and enjoy this beautiful part of the city for the first time in years. See the City of Ottawa's Lansdowne Park website for additional details.