Public consultation announcement for two major redevelopment projects in Parc du Mont-Royal



    MONTREAL, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Ms. Helen Fotopulos, mayor of the
borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal and member of the executive committee,
responsible for the environment, parks, green and blue spaces, Mount Royal and
women's issues, and Ms. Louise Roy, president of the Office de consultation
publique de Montréal, announced today that a consultation will be held with
Montréal citizens on redevelopment projects proposed by the Montréal
Administration for two sections of Parc du mont Royal.
    The first project aims to complete the restoration of the Lac aux Castors
sector by redeveloping the playing field and picnic area. This segment of the
park, dubbed "la Clairière" by its designer, has always served as an area for
activities and gatherings. The City plans to replace the current facilities,
dating back to the 1960s, and to make this a pleasant locale for family
activities while respecting its status as part of a major ecological corridor.
    The other project to be submitted for consultation concerns the Peel
entrance to the park. It is the main pedestrian access to the mountain from
downtown, although very few people are aware of this. The work to be done aims
to showcase the entryway while preserving the natural character of the area, a
refuge from the bustle of the city. Stairs will provide access to the park
summit, while a path will still allow entrance to the park. Some form of
artistic endeavour could also be integrated into the park.
    These important projects will be examined over the coming weeks.
"Montrealers have a special attachment to the park and the mountain. This is
why our Administration is delighted to enjoy the cooperation and competence of
the Office de consultation publique de Montréal to organize the consultation,"
says Ms. Fotopulos.
    In view of the citizens' attachment to and interest in the park, the
jewel of the historic and natural borough of Mont Royal, the Office de
consultation publique will organize an innovative consultation to reach
Montrealers who use the park in great numbers. To that end, the consultation
will pitch its tent in the clearing on Sundays, September 16 and 23.
Presentations on the plans for the playing field will be held three times on
both days, at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Citizens can hear City
representatives and view boards presenting the project. They can also fill out
a questionnaire on site about their opinions of the proposals tabled by the
City.
    With respect to the Peel entrance, residents are invited to attend an
information session at the offices of the Office, 1550 Metcalfe Street, 14th
floor, on Thursday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. More than 15,000 flyers will
have been previously distributed in the area and, here again, questionnaires
will be available on site.
    Moreover, all documents explaining the two projects are now available on
the Office Web site, www.ocpm.qc.ca and citizens who cannot participate in the
activities at the park or at the Office are welcome to fill out the
questionnaire on line.
    "In this way, the OCPM seeks, through an open, easy and accessible
consultation, to reach the maximum number of park users, thereby allowing them
to have a hand in deciding the future of our city's main park, a place for
relaxation and recreation for hundreds of thousands of residents," says Ms.
Roy.
    Following the consultation, the OCPM will study the comments and opinions
received from citizens and groups interested in the development of Parc du
mont Royal. A report will then be filed with the executive committee of the
City, including recommendations inspired by the consultation.




For further information:

For further information: Luc Doray, Office de consultation publique de
Montréal, (514) 872-3568, (514) 977-8365; Edith Pariseau, Ville de Montréal,
(514) 872-4181


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