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Former councillor pitches P3 proposal for Mooney’s Bay pavilion

George Brown. (File photo) George Brown. (File photo)

Published on July 12, 2013
Published on July 5, 2013
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An Ottawa businessman is hoping to partner with the city to revamp the beach pavilion at Mooney’s Bay.

By David Sali

George Brown, a lawyer who previously served as president of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund as well as spending nine years as a city councillor, says the community gathering space at the popular local beach is in dire need of redevelopment.

He met this week with River Coun. Maria McRae, who chairs the city’s environment committee, to discuss a plan for a public-private partnership to rebuild the facility and has hired an architect to come up with a design.

“We see an opportunity to turn a dilapidated building into something the whole city of Ottawa could proud of,” said Mr. Brown, who has lived in the Mooney’s Bay area for most of his life and says the park has become a year-round recreation hotspot for beach enthusiasts and volleyball players in summer and cross-country skiers in winter.

“It’s an old, run-down city building that we think could be improved greatly. To me, it’s a win-win deal for everybody.”

While the proposal is still in its early stages, Mr. Brown says the new pavilion could include a coffee shop and will likely incorporate leading environmental technology in its architecture – for example, reusing wood from nearby ash trees. It would be run on a not-for-profit basis.

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