Tuesday, May 25, 2010

US Embassy Ottawa Joins "Doors Open Ottawa"

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The Ottawa Citizen reports that "mere hours after letting the public know they'd be taking part in Doors Open Ottawa, the U.S. Embassy's dance card was filled. All 500 spots for the event were booked by about noon on Thursday, the Embassy said."

The Ottawa Start has more:  For the first time in nine seasons, the Embassy of the United States of America will participate in Doors Open Ottawa. On June 5 and 6, the doors to many of the finest buildings in the nation’s capital will be wide open —and free of charge — to the public. The weekend event has become a favourite Ottawa spring tradition appealing to residents and visitors of all generations. Event organizers welcome 18 new buildings this year, including the Embassy of the United States of America. Designed by David Childs, architect of the new One World Trade Center in Manhattan, the Embassy’s features distinctive architecture, art and history.

Ambassador Jacobson also blogged about the embassy's participation:

Yesterday I talked to the press for the first time about our decision to open the U.S. Embassy to visitors as part of Doors Open Ottawa on June 5. One reporter asked me if I thought we would get enough people signed up to fill our 500 available slots. I said I didn’t think that would be a problem.

Well …. It turned out I was right. In the hours that followed, we had thousands of people sign up. In fact, the system we used for registration won’t take any more names. So, we have to shut down online registration.

If you signed up early you’re in luck. We will respond to everyone who registered to let you know if you were one of the 500 winners.

I must say I am pleased at all the interest in visiting the U.S. Embassy. I felt it was important for us to open our doors. We want to be good neighbors. Taking down the cement barriers is a part of that effort. Welcoming our friends is another. Participating in Doors Open also helps us to meet the standard my boss, President Obama, has set for us being as open and transparent as possible.

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