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The Brantwood BBQ and picnic is back!

Spring is finally here and we are happy to announce the return of the popular BBQ and Picnics on Thursday nights in Brantwood Park. The Community Activities Group of Old Ottawa East is cranking up the BBQ at Brantwood Park field house from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. each Thursday for the sale of hotdogs and hamburgers.

Image, right: Thank you to Celebration! Church who are once again volunteering to support the Brantwood BBQ and Picnics. Photo by Carol Workun

People who prefer to picnic bring food from home are also welcome.

During the BBQ, the field house is open for free table tennis, foosball, etc., and sports equipment is available to borrow on a you-take-it-out-you-put-it-away basis.

As a new feature this season, we are hoping to bring you some free entertainment.

Check for news of musical performances and other details in conjunction with the BBQ’s. If you have an idea for something you would like to present at the BBQ’s, please contact All ideas are welcome and encouraged.

Solstice paddle

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 20 when the regular BBQ and Picnic will be expanded to include a paddle on the Rideau River in celebration of the summer solstice. Bring your canoe or kayak and lifejackets and join us for a BBQ, a paddle and a bonfire. BBQ starts at 6:00 p.m. We will be in the park long enough to enjoy the sunset. We are looking for musicians to add to the magic of the evening. If you are able to help please email

Brantwood Park field house patio

This spring will see the installation of a beautiful stone patio in Brantwood Park in front of the field house. The patio will provide an attractive gathering place and will be complete with sitting rocks and climbing boulders. The patio will provide outdoor programming space, increased curb appeal, and be available to the community regardless of the opening hours of the field house.

The patio is made possible by the generous donation of stone by Paul and Ruth-Ann Attia and Attia Quarries, and the remaining funds from the Brantwood field house revitalization campaign. The Attias are frequent users of the park with their young family.

They were keen to find a way to bring Attia Quarry stone to the park.

CAG thanks them for their very generous donation. It is hoped the patio will be installed by the end of June. Look forward to an official opening over the summer. Join the CAG FaceBook community at to keep up-to-date with its progress.

Brantwood Park after-school program

Image, left: Kids enjoy regular art programming at the after school program in Brantwood Park. Photo by Irena Hribar Schmidt

Children are having a wonderful year in the new after-school program at Brantwood Park field house. Coordinators focus on lots of outdoor activities, taking advantage of the park setting including the rink in winter. The children love the outdoor time, the regular art projects and the small groups.

The program runs from 4:00 – 5:45 p.m., following the OCDSB calendar. Staff pick up children from buses from Hopewell and Francojeunesse schools at their stops nearest to Brantwood Park. Registration is open now for the 2013-14 school year with just a few spots remaining. Registration is through the CAG website at


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