Throughout the year, the Manor Park Community Council organizes community events. Whenever possible, these events are designed for participants of all ages. We like you to be able to participate without having to spend a lot of money. Instead, we see events as sharing fun with your neighbours and friends. Community events are made possible by MPCC employees, volunteers, local organizations and businesses.
Our most popular community event! On the first Friday following Labour Day, Manor Park comes out for food, music, a pie-baking contest, displays, and an outdoor movie! Local businesses like The Works, Epicuria Fine Foods, Golden Crust Pizzeria -- and now Mia's Indian Cuisine offer food for sale. The most popular dessert is a slice from the entries in the Pie Baking Contest. Local not-for-profit organizations provide displays and activities. Kub Kar racing is particularly popular! The MPCC organizes sports and games, glitter tattoos, and 'Make it!' craft projects. Local businesses like Edward Jones and Celadon Spa add their own special touch. And did we mention the outdoor movie? Complete with popcorn and cotton candy!
Get a free tree! Tree Ottawa is embarking on their largest tree giveaway EVER – and will be giving away saplings at ‘Rock the Block’ to help build the Ottawa tree canopy. Tree Ottawa is a community-centered initiative for the Nation's Capital to dramatically increase the scale and ecological diversity of the urban and rural tree canopy in Ottawa. Ottawa's trees are in danger from threats such as the Emerald Ash Borer, climate change, extreme weather, and poorly planned urban expansion. (We love trees in Manor Park.)
The rinks come alive with hockey games and pleasure skating during the Skating Party. On the first Saturday in February, the party opens with our own 'Manor Park Winter Classic' hockey game between local teams. Following the game, families take to the ice to build up an appetite for a taste of the Chili Cook-off entries or a hot dog. A bonfire keeps everyone toasty - while the city mascot keeps spirits high. Twinkling lights and a light snowfall make the Skating Party perfect!
Congratulations to 2017 Chili Champ, Elizabeth Ainslie! Get her winning recipe here.
Tamarack Race Weekend includes the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, which runs through Manor Park around the 33km marker. Runners enter our community from the Rockcliffe Parkway and travel south along Birch Avenue. Cheers greet the wheelchair athletes, elite runners, as well as those out for their personal best or to walk the distance. Community volunteers -- almost 70 of us -- staff the 'Hydration Station' on Birch just north of Hemlock. Keeping the runners hydrated is serious business! Come and be inspired!