The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on two separate naming proposals to:
- Rename South Nepean Park at 600 Longfields Drive the “Ken Ross Park”
- Name the new skateboard park at the McNabb Community Centre at 435 Bronson Avenue the “Charlie Bowins Skateboard Park”
Ken Ross Park – (Ward 3 – Barrhaven)
In recognition of Ken Ross’s extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to rename South Nepean Park at 600 Longfields Drive the “Ken Ross Park”.
Ken Ross was a leader of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, a founding director of the South Nepean Autism Centre and a member of the board of directors of Oktoberfest Ottawa. He was also involved with the Lions Club, the Barrhaven Legion and the Rotary Club, and he contributed to numerous events in the community. Ken was a founder of the Barrhaven Business Improvement Area in 2006 and served as chair of the organization from its inception until his passing in March 2015.
Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Greater Nepean Chamber of Commerce Best Business Man of the Year award in 2004, and the Good Neighbour of the Year award in 2005.
View the online proposal for the “Ken Ross Park”.
Charlie Bowins Skateboard Park – (Ward 14 – Somerset)
In recognition of Charlie Bowins’s extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a new skateboard park at the McNabb Community Centre at 435 Bronson Avenue the “Charlie Bowins Skateboard Park”.
From 2005 until his passing in March 2015, Charlie Bowins dedicated much of his time and energy to Ottawa’s skateboarding community. During six summers between 2008 and 2014, Charlie worked as a camp councillor and skateboard instructor at McNabb Park. From 2011 to 2015, he was a volunteer and mentor with the “For Pivot’s Sake” organization. He was also a member and volunteer with the Ottawa Skateboard Community Association and a Shop rider and volunteer with the Antique Skate Shop. In 2013 and 2014, Charlie participated in various fundraising events for #1squarefoot, a fundraising initiative organized by the Ottawa Skateboard Community Association to raise money for the McNabb skateboard park.
View the online proposal for the “Charlie Bowins Skateboard Park”.