Ottawa South resident Patricia Quigley has a wintery vision. While many other parts of the city have winter multi-use trails, the Ottawa South area doesn’t.
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.
At the heart of every great community lies the shared vision of its residents. For the South Keys Transit Plaza project, we wanted to tap into that collective wisdom. To bring this vision closer to reality, last year we conducted an extensive survey gathering nearly 100 responses, aiming to understand our community’s aspirations for this central location. Here’s what we discovered.
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.
If you’ve visited the South Keys Shopping Centre before, it’s likely you didn’t really stop to look around. This is no accident: the existing “big box” retail is designed for you to easily drive to a store, walk in, and walk out without much hassle. Aside from the seasonal patio in front of the Starbucks, you’re unlikely to see anyone gathering or hanging out at South Keys Centre.
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.