The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on two separate naming proposals to:
- Name the lobby within the McNabb Recreation Centre, located at 180 Percy Street, the “Barbara Selkirk Lobby”
- Name the future park located at 710 Mikinak Road, the “Eugène Martineau Park”
Barbara Selkirk Lobby (Ward 14 – Somerset)
In recognition of the exceptional service to the citizens of Ottawa and specifically the Centretown area, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name the lobby within the McNabb Recreation Centre, the “Barbara Selkirk Lobby.” Barbara “Barb” Selkirk was a dedicated City of Ottawa employee at the McNabb Recreation Centre from 1988 to 2014. A resident of Centretown and member of the McNabb Recreation Organization, Barb was a strong advocate for inclusivity and accessibility. She worked closely with Capital Pride Youth and at risk youth in the LGBTQ2+ community to provide a safe, inclusive and accepting environment for everyone at the centre. Barb was also fundamental in ensuring the facility’s extensive renovations met accessibility standards.
Eugène Martineau Park (Ward 13 – Rideau Rockcliffe)
In recognition of the historical significance of Eugène Martineau to the community, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name the future park located at 710 Mikinak Road, the “Eugène Martineau Park.” Eugène-Édouard Martineau was born in Saint-Nicholas, Québec in 1837. His involvement with the City and the Ottawa francophone community began upon his arrival in the 1860s and continued until his death in 1880. In addition to his work in the business community, Mr. Martineau was involved in municipal politics, serving as alderman for approximately 16 years and as Mayor from 1872 to 1873.
View each proposal online at ottawa.ca.