July 15, 2009
In a great move for the people of Ottawa, LO volunteers have successfully completed an arrangement that gives Landscape Ontario Ottawa Chapter exclusive management of the gardens at the Cancer Survivors’ Park.

The chapter made a significant donation of product and manpower to help build the park in the spring of 2008. Chapter members now feel that having exclusive management of the gardens will ensure that the park remains in the top condition that it deserves.  

Richard Rogers, Bill Bitz, Jim Bauer, Bud Bauer, Sonya Hirsig and Tim Kearney worked with the board of directors of the Cancer Survivors’ Park to ensure that the park and gardens are professionally maintained until the fall of 2009.

“This is a wonderful win-win-win situation,” says Kearney. The citizens of Ottawa will have beautiful gardens in the heart of the city, the board of the Cancer Survivors’ Park will rest easy knowing the park is being taken care of by professionals, and Landscape Ontario’s Ottawa Chapter receives great public promotion through being associated with this wonderful monument.

Your help is needed

Bill Bitz and Jim Bauer have agreed to lead the way in recruiting members to help take care of the park throughout this season. Each Wednesday morning, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., LO members are asked to come and volunteer their time in the gardens. “If you can contribute anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours, it would be appreciated. Anyone who can contribute once a month or four times a month, their contribution is needed. We need as many people as possible to help each week,” says Bitz.

To date, Bitz has done a lot of work, that includes a few visits to the park and taking care of administrative details. “Bring your own cultivating and pruning equipment to help with maintaining trees, shrubs and beds and managing perennials, along with fertilizing and pulling weeds,” he says.

The organizing committee looks forward to hearing from all the LO lawn care and grounds management companies in Ottawa. Call Bill Bitz today at 613-791-6572 to volunteer.