By Anne Robinson
Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation Association (MCPRA, or “Manotick Parks and Rec”) is a group of volunteers working on local parks and recreation projects and programs. Past capital projects include the expansion of the Manotick Community Centre/Arena, the Mahogany dock/landing, and the new outdoor rink and basketball courts at Centennial Park. MCPRA also installed the interpretive panels in the park across from St. Leonard’s School and the water access signs at public right-of-ways to the Rideau River.
Manotick Parks & Rec also operates on-going recreation programs including the Walking Group at the Manotick Community Centre and Chic Time in the ‘Tick which will hopefully make a post-COVID return in 2023. A Friday Family Skate Night was introduced in 2021 at the Centennial outdoor rink and will continue, weather permitting, in 2022-23. We also help maintain West River Park and the Centennial Park Gateway Garden, and operate Manotick’s two outdoor rinks at McLean Park and Centennial Park.
Manotick Parks & Rec is also currently working on a couple of significant community projects: Centennial Park Enhancement Project Phase 2 (the upgrade to the northeast corner including a new skate park and a new pump track which is targeting completion in late 2023) and new and improved pathways for Centennial Park.
This work and these initiatives take time, effort, collaboration, and fun! Manotick Parks & Rec often works in partnership with other groups – the Kiwanis, Manotick Village and Community Association, Manotick BIA and others, and, as the saying goes, many hands make light work.
The community is so much richer when you dig in and lend a helping hand. If you are interested in joining the Manotick Parks & Rec team, in any capacity, contact any of the following:
Outdoor Rink – Tom Hollinger, Jason Purcell, manotick.ODR@gmail.com
Family Skate Night – Chris Veh, email@example.com
Chic Time in the ‘Tick – Darlene Donnelly, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Walking Group – Darlene Donnelly
Centennial Park Pathways – Alexa Ives, email@example.com
Park/ Garden Maintenance – Tom Plant, firstname.lastname@example.org
MCPRA Board of Directors – Anne Robinson, email@example.com
Make Manotick the village you want it to be.