Our Programs

 

We offer a wide range of quality community programming to the Riverside South neighbourhood.

We are a volunteer run non-profit and our programs are made possible by generous community donations and our hard working volunteers. We are looking for community donations  and sponsors to help fund our programs.

If you would like to make a donation, please email info@riversidesouth.org.

To sign up to help volunteer, visit our volunteer page and fill out our form.

 

Community garden

The Riverside South Community Garden was launched in June 2018, and is located on Spratt Road, between Earl Armstrong and Rideau Road.

Learn more here.

Little Free Library

This exciting initiative in Riverside South is part of a global movement where millions of books, magazines are exchanged in public places for free through 75,000+ ‘Little Free Libraries’ in over 88 countries!

Learn more here.

Community Garage Sale

Each year in late spring, Ottawa residents flock to Riverside South for our annual community garage sale, to the delight of bargain hunters.

Learn more here.

Ice Rinks

Currently, there are 5 parks with outdoor rinks or pads, and there are more on the way as our community grows!

Learn more here.

Spring Clean uP

This annual, week-long event towards the end of April is an excellent example of how multiple groups within our community can work together for a positive and common cause.

Learn more here.

Mosquito Creek

In 2017, the RSCA adopted an approximate 26 Km stretch of Mosquito Creek from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA).

Learn more here.

Canada flag program

To proudly celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we launched the Canada Flag Program. Inspired by a program hosted by the 5th Orangeville Scouts, we bring Canadian pride right to your door.

Learn more here.

Farmers’ Market

Coming to Riverside South in 2017, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market brings over 10 local vendors to Riverside South, offering local baked goods, preserves, sweets, meats, pastries, produce, and beverages.

Learn more here.

Badminton Club

The Riverside South Community Association supports a recreational badminton club in the community.

Learn more here.

Public Art

Every year, we work with St. Francis Xavier art students to create beautiful murals around the community.

Learn more here.

Student Bursaries

The Riverside South Community Association has established a bursary fund aimed at providing financial assistance to students pursuing post-secondary education, who reside within the Riverside South Community, and have volunteered within the community.

Learn more here.

Charitable Giving

Every year, we work with organizations to support and give back to our community.

Learn more here.

Community Garden

 
 

The Riverside South Community Garden was launched in June 2018, and is located on Spratt Road, between Earl Armstrong and Rideau Road.

Applications are open for summer 2019 and this year, the Community Garden will have different plot sizes available depending on the individual gardeners interest.

This year, we plan on offering 3 different sized plots:
8 ft x 10 ft for $50
15 ft x 15 ft for $75
25 ft x 20 ft for $100

We will be distributing plots in the spring and, weather permitting, the garden open up the garden around Victoria Day weekend.

More information on the 2019 season will be circulated between late February and early March.  You can also visit the RSCA Community Garden Facebook page for additional information.

 

PLots

Looking for a plot? Please contact communitygarden@riversidesouth.org if you are interested in renting a plot or have questions regarding the Community Garden.

Plot options
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Riverside South Market is now Barrhaven Market!

We are back June 2- October 13, 2019 at our new location at Nepean Woods Park & Ride at Strandherd and Crestway Drive.

The Ottawa Farmers’ Markets is bringing local to your doorstep with our fourth location at Nepean Woods Park & Ride.  Come find local bread, meat, cheese, veggies and more every Sunday this summer!

Join us Sundays, 10:00 – 2:00, from June 2 to October 13 2019.

Served by OC Transpo routes 94 & 99 on Sundays; see OC Transpo for route schedules.

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Little Free Library

 
 

This exciting initiative in Riverside South is part of a global movement where millions of books, magazines are exchanged in public places for free through 75,000 + ‘Little Free Libraries’ in over 88 countries! Riverside South has five ‘little free libraries’ and we hope to add many more as our community grows.

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Locations

To find a location near you, visit their website.

Get involved

Interested in supporting this program? Please email lflibrary@riversidesouth.org for more information.


Mosquito Creek

 
 

In 2017, the RSCA adopted an approximate 26 Km stretch of Mosquito Creek from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA). As a requirement of the adoption, and in partnership with the RVCA, on an annual basis we will be evaluating and monitoring the current state of the creek and reporting back to the RVCA as part of a formalized process.

In 2015, the RVCA’s ‘City Stream Watch’ program evaluated Mosquito Creek (which covers a watershed of 41 sq Km’s) and found 12 different invasive and 37 unique fish species, among other interesting facts and features of the creek.  In July 2018, the RSCA organized its first complete wade-through and evaluation with  the help of nearly twenty volunteers! In 2019 we hope to engage in:

·       Shoreline trails improvement

·       Springtime tree planting opportunities

·       Summer 2019 walk through

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Get involved

Interested in supporting this program? Please email conservation@riversidesouth.org for more information, volunteer opportunities, or to offer expertise to help make a positive difference to Mosquito Creek.

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Spring Clean Up

 
 

This annual, week-long event towards the end of April is an excellent example of how multiple groups within our community can work together for a positive and common cause. Our neighbours, schools, volunteer groups, businesses all pitch-in by collecting debris and garbage that has been displaced or polluted throughout our community- from streets and parks to natural areas, and puts the collective rubbish into dumpsters organized by the RSCA and corporate sponsors.  

As part of the GLAD ‘Cleaning up the Capital’ campaign  the RSCA competes with the Findlay Creek Community Association (FCCA) for the Golden Trash Can award. To further help the cause, in 2018 the RSCA held a successful Spring Cleanup main-event, with several conservation information booths, City of Ottawa stakeholders present, fun activities for children, a barbeque- and yes, the RSCA won the Golden Trash award in 2018 (and hopes to defend its title in 2019)!

 

Get involved

Stay tuned for updates closer to the time, posted on our website, social media and outdoor signage regarding this activity.

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Ice Rinks

 
 

Currently, there are 5 parks with outdoor rinks or pads, and there are more on the way as our community grows! Below are the current skating areas open for the season :

  • Spratt Park (near Steve McLean Public School) has a boarded rink and a pad

  • Summerhill and Boothfield parks have boarded rinks

  • Nimiq and Mountain Meadows have pads

Our rinks are maintained by volunteers.

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Get involved

If you would like to help out or find more information about the community rinks, please contact us at  icerinks@riversidesouth.org

Connect

Join our Facebook group for rink updates and ice conditions:
Riverside South Outdoor Rinks

Community Garage Sale

 
 

Each year in late spring, Ottawa residents flock to Riverside South for our annual community garage sale, to the delight of bargain hunters! Over 200 houses register each year, with the amount growing annually.

The more registered garage sales on your street, the more patrons you will get, so consider registering yours through our website when the time comes and encourage your neighbours to do the same!

This year’s Community Garage Sale WAs on June 1, 2019.

Rain or shine, come join us in Riverside South from 8 am to 3 pm. For updates, visit our Facebook event for more information.

 

Get involved

Stay tuned for updates closer to the time, posted on our website, social media and outdoor signage regarding this activity.

Badminton Club

 
 

The Riverside South Community Association supports a recreational badminton club in the community. The club plays every Tuesday and Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from September to June at Bernard-Grandmaître French Catholic School.

 

Get involved

For further information contact Chaowu Xiao at xiaocw62@yahoo.com

Public Art

 
 

Every year, we work with St Francis Xavier art students to create beautiful murals around the community.

Last year, students painted their first mural, titled ‘Aquarium’ at Spratt Park in 2017 and their second four sided mural, ‘Four Seasons’ in 2018 at Boothfield Park.

This year, cultural diversity and the environment are the two themes being considered.

More details about this year’s mural will be announced shortly

 

Get involved

Interested in partnering with the RSCA? Please email president@riversidesouth.org.

Student Bursaries

 
 

The Riverside South Community Association has established a bursary fund aimed at providing financial assistance to students pursuing post-secondary education, who reside within the Riverside South Community, and have volunteered within the community.

A $500 Bursary will be awarded annually, to an individual in good standing who has made a significant contribution in volunteering, sports/club/arts participation, awareness and community involvement focused on residents of or physically located in Riverside South. The recipient must be accepted to or enrolled at a Canadian College, University or Trade School.

Bursary Selection Criteria

The selection committee will choose the successful candidate based on the following criteria:

●      Part-time or full-time high school graduates must be accepted or enrolled in an eligible institution (1st year of program);

●      Must be in good academic standing at time Bursary compensation;

●      Must be a resident of the Riverside South Community

Application Requirements

●      Submit a brief essay under 500* words describing yourself, your educational pursuit, your involvement within the community and why the bursary is important to you.

●      Complete the Application Form

Award Distribution

Riverside South Community Association will award the $500 bursary directly to the post-secondary institution and applied to tuition fees. Student number will be required. The award will be distributed in one full payment.

 

Application Instructions

To apply, please fill out the form below. Applications must be received no later than March 31st.

Riverside South Emergency Preparedness Team

 

Riverside South Community is preparing to create an emergency preparedness plan to support our community when a crisis affects our area. Our ability to prepare and have a plan will support the City of Ottawa Emergency Plan in the event of a crisis, and will allow for resources to be used in areas of greater need as determined by the City of Ottawa.

We are looking for volunteers that can support:

  • Welfare checks

  • Supporting schools

  • First aid and light rescue operations

  • Debris cleanup

  • Neighborhood watch

  • Traffic support

  • Labour support (building sand bags, creating water runoff directional changes)

  • Opening up shelters and working with non-government agencies to support them

We are also looking to develop a list of resources that may be helpful in the event of a crisis:

  • Resources list (generators, heaters, portable ACs, construction tools).

Training will be provided.

 

Help Your Community

Please consider being part of our team and supporting your neighbourhood during a crisis.

Email: info@riversidesouth.org

Charitable Giving

 
 

Every year, we work with organizations to support and give back to our community. Our work would not be possible without the community’s support, whether from the help of dedicated volunteers or genourous community donations, and we believe in paying it forward.  

Last year, at our annual Christmas parade we collect Toys for Toy Mountain and in 2018 added collections for Smiles for Seniors. In the past, we have supported many initiatives through our community schools and other volunteer, non-profit groups as well.

 

Get involved

Interested in partnering with the RSCA? Please email president@riversidesouth.org.

 

Get Involved

At RSCA, we are always looking for ways to bring the community together.

 

Volunteer opportunities

From running programs to organizing events, and so much more, we are always looking for new volunteers.

 

Find a Program

With so many programs running year round, there are plenty of ways to enjoy your time in Riverside South.

 

Local events

Get to know your neighbours and have a little fun at any one of our community events. From sports to movie night, there is something fun for everyone.