Planning for the future takes time. Things like building new transit, housing, parks, and transportation infrastructure go through multi-year budgeting and construction processes that can be difficult for the average person to keep up with. So it’s no surprise that for the first two years of BSKC’s existence, not much has visibly changed at South Keys Centre. But buckle up and get ready, because there are a lot of exciting things coming in 2024.
The proposed widening of the Airport Parkway has been one we’ve been following and attending meetings on for some time now, but with the recent City of Ottawa budget, there is a lot of focus on it currently. While some people hear the plans and think it will help alleviate traffic, it’s much more complex than that.
Perhaps the most important element of the transformation of South Keys Centre is the OC Transpo O-Train Line 2 expansion project currently underway. While the former Line 2 (“Trillium Line”) ended at Greenboro, after construction is completed next year the line will run to Barrhaven, with several new stations along the way, including at South Keys.
The City of Ottawa is proposing significant changes to the busy intersection of Bank and Hunt Club bordering South Keys Centre, and Better South Keys Centre has been excited to be a stakeholder in the process. While the project was initially proposed from the perspective of adding vehicle capacity, we would like this significant investment in our community to instead support more comfortable walking, cycling, and transit use.
Sometimes the best way to learn about a place is by using your own two feet and walking it. In this spirit, our Executive Director Matt Pinder recently joined Hans Moor, former President of Bike Ottawa and author of the blog HansontheBike.com, for a walking tour of South Keys Centre.
Greenboro has an extensive existing network of comfortable multi-use pathways connecting several schools and parks, Greenboro Plaza, Conroy Mall, and the Greenboro Community Centre with its library and facilities. One can walk or bike from Hawthorne Road all the way through to Pebble Road at Pushman Park (just west of Albion Road) through these paths with only a few major road crossings. This is an amazing asset that makes Greenboro a pleasant place to walk and cycle around — it connects the community.