NCC to open roads for recreational use this weekend

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People walk along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway in Ottawa April 18, 2020, after it was closed to motor vehicle traffic to allow people to get outdoors safely. A portion of the driveway will open for people to exercise on this coming weekend. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press - image credit)
People walk along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway in Ottawa April 18, 2020, after it was closed to motor vehicle traffic to allow people to get outdoors safely. A portion of the driveway will open for people to exercise on this coming weekend. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press - image credit)

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is making more space along three Ottawa parkways available for people to exercise on this weekend.

The decision to close some lanes to motor vehicles over the weekend comes as the province imposed a stay-at-home order this week, the NCC said in a news release Friday. It also cites unseasonably warm weather, with a high of 22 C on Saturday and 18 C on Sunday for the nation's capital.

This weekend, about eight kilometres of Queen Elizabeth Driveway will open for active use from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Fifth Avenue to Somerset Street.

Both westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway will open for active use from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., south of the Ottawa River from Booth Street to Carling Avenue.

Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway will open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for residents to use between Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard in Orléans.

The NCC says it will share more information later this month on parkways opening for active use for the warmer months, including plans for Gatineau Park parkways.