Brewer Pavillion #5

Ian David Blüm is definitely one of my flickr faves. His picture of the Brewer Beach Pavillion brought back some long-forgotten memories.

Brewer Park is across the street from Carleton University here in Ottawa. It is on the banks of the Rideau River and, at one time, had a sandy beach on the pond where people would actually swim. When I was 5 or 6 I attended a camp in Brewer that was run by one of my parent’s friends, Mr. Joly.

I remember very little of that camp, but I remember the beach.

The beach itself was man-made, and surrounded Brewer Pond. The sand was trucked in and dumped every year, and was a pretty good example of what was a really bad idea. In the early seventies the pollution standards in Ontario changed, and the beach was closed and left to go fallow. Today it’s a collection of weeds and grass, with all of the sand collected and sent downstream by momma Gaia (or city workers).

The pavillion, which housed change rooms, a canteen, and equipment for city-run programs, remains. It’s the only reminder of what was once one of the cooler inner-city swimming holes Ottawa once had, and now is used as a spot for local artists to leave their mark, and for local football teams to store their stuff.

I sure don’t wanna see it back, but I remember it.

One thought on “Brewer Pavillion #5

  1. The shadow is a pretty shoddy Photoshop job though. Sorry to say. Not sure why he felt the need to do it. Really doesn’t need it.

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