Image of a cross-country ski track in the Riverview Park hydro corridor.

Friends of Riverview Park Green Spaces

Friends of Riverview Park Green Spaces (FoRPGS) is a subcommittee of the RPCA dealing with the enhancement and promotion of the green spaces of the Riverview Park community. They aim to enhance and promote public green spaces in the community of Riverview Park. The 2022 Speaker Series is jointly sponsored by: Friends of Riverview Park Green Spaces, Riverview Park Community Association & Alta Vista Community Association. The winter speaker series is now underway.

Information about parks and recreation spaces in the community can be found on the Parks, Recreation and Fitness page.

Winter Speaker Series

The speaker program seeks to inform our community and raise awareness on environmental issues.  Our speakers will discuss what they are doing in their respective communities to encourage a greener and healthier environment.                    

On Thursday, March 10th – Daniel Buckles from the Champlain Park Community Association, will provide an overview of Champlain Park community efforts to establish native trees and pollinator gardens in public and private spaces in the neighbourhood, including use of Hugelkulture mounds, the Miyawaki tiny forest method, and planting of Carolinian species to anticipate the impacts of climate change on Ottawa’s forest canopy.

Daniel Buckles is a long time resident of Champlain Park in Kitchissippi Ward, and advocate for urban forests and climate justice. He is one of the founding convenors of the Peoples Official Plan, a community coalition to influence the shape of Ottawa’s Official Plan and related policies. He has a PhD in Anthropology and had a career in international development, living in Mexico for 10 years and working on environmental issues in South Asia, Latin America and Africa. Community organizing on environmental issues has been a central theme of his work for many years.


Join us on Zoom for a virtual presentation from 7:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday March 10.  Each presentation will be followed by a short Q & A.

To attend, please register by sending a message to A link to the Zoom meeting will be mailed out to all registered participants a day before each session.

Upcoming Speakers

Thursday, March 31st – Meaghan McDonald, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and Tracey Etwell, Canadian Wildlife Federation, will speak about the new pollinator meadow being established on 15 acres of land on Cambrian Rd., a partnership project with Hydro Ottawa.

Thursday, April 28th – Katie Turnbull, Toronto Conservation Authority, will talk about re-imagining utility corridors to bring nature back to city living. Toronto’s Meadoway is an ambitious project that is transforming a hydro corridor in Scarborough into a vibrant 16-kilometre stretch of urban greenspace and meadowlands. When completed, the Meadoway will be Canada’s largest linear urban park.

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