Crichton Community Council (CCC)

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The Crichton Community Council (CCC), known as the three-Cs, is a volunteer organization that provides seasonal programs and ongoing community service in New Edinburgh.  Since its establishment on June 9, 1993, the CCC has worked to enhance New Edinburgh’s sense of community and foster an inclusive spirit among residents. The CCC will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2023!  The CCC acts as the steward of New Edinburgh Park and the Fieldhouse – the hub of the neighbourhood – on behalf of the City of Ottawa, in the interest of New Edinburgh residents.  

The New Edinburgh Park Fieldhouse is available for public and private events.  More information is available on the Fieldhouse information page.

CCC initiatives include:

  • acting as the steward of New Edinburgh Park and the Fieldhouse; 
  • maintaining the neighbourhood’s outdoor ice rinks; 
  • providing access to the Fieldhouse’s public washrooms and water fountain;
  • activating the Fieldhouse, playground and ice/lawns with seasonal events;
  • providing employment and volunteer opportunities for teenage leaders;
  • advocating for public space improvements as an active voice for improvements to the neighbourhood’s public realm.
CCC events occur throughout the year. The CCC activates the Fieldhouse and surrounding public spaces with seasonal programs and events designed for youth and those that are young at heart. In the past events have included:
  • New Year’s Day Brunch
  • Skating Day
  • Bike Day
  • Plant Sale
  • Marathon Cheering Station & Family BBQ
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Films at the Field House
  • Lumière Festival
  • Neighbourhood Garage Sale
  • Halloween Howl
  • Skating Season

Volunteers 

Many individuals contribute to making New Edinburgh a dynamic and inclusive neighbourhood.  Please contact us if you are interested in contributing to the efforts of the CCC.

CCC Board of Directors 

President – Chris Straka
Secretary – Michelle McEvoy
Treasurer – Christian Hansson
Director, Field House – Adam Clarke
Director, Park – Alain-Rémi Lajeunesse
Director, Promotion – Dave Pyman
Director, Special Projects – Justin Swan 

Meetings of the CCC Board of Directors are held Monthly.  Meeting times and dates are set to accommodate the availability of CCC Directors and guests.  Please contact us if there is a topic you would like to discuss or if you are interested in joining us as a volunteer.

Contact Us

CrichtonCommunityCouncil@gmail.com

Crichton Community Council (CCC)
New Edinburgh Park Field House
203 Stanley Avenue, Ottawa, K1M 1P2

CCC: https://www.newedinburgh.ca/ccc
Fieldhouse: https://www.newedinburgh.ca/ccc/fieldhouse/
Fieldhouse Reservations: https://www.newedinburgh.ca/ccc/fieldhousereservations

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History of the Crichton Community Council

The Crichton Community Council (CCC) originated in 1974 when the Ottawa Board of Education (OBE) introduced the Lighthouse Program into several schools “to keep the lights burning and turn school buildings into a resource for the Community”.  This program was overseen by Community Councils and was supported by school staff, as well as through the use of the school infrastructure, insurance and janitorial services.

Crichton Street School was a natural site for the Lighthouse Program since New Edinburgh didn’t have a community centre.  This initiative enabled New Edinburgh residents to enrich community life by developing partnerships with the school and City of Ottawa, respond creatively to changing community needs and provide a variety of services and programs.  Community recreational programming was the largest component of the CCC’s mandate, but the CCC also ran social events and fundraisers for the school or park, in addition to operating the outdoor ice rink through a service agreement with the City of Ottawa.

The Crichton Community Council was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the Province of Ontario on June 9, 1993. (Ontario Corporation Number 1020495) 

When the Crichton Street School closed in 1999, the CCC attempted to run programming out of Mackay United Church for a year.  As a volunteer group, with no operational funding, this proved to be impossible.  The CCC shifted its mandate from the provision of regular recreational programming to its current mandate: to act as the steward of New Edinburgh Park and the Fieldhouse; and, to activate the Fieldhouse and surrounding public spaces (e.g. playground,  ice/lawns, paths) with seasonal events.