The Ville de Montréal will have its first country lane



    A Partnership with Nature Valley

    MONTREAL, Oct. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Helen Fotopulos, Mayor of the
Plateau-Mont-Royal borough and member of the executive committee responsible
for green and blue spaces, parks, the environment, Mount Royal and the status
of women, is pleased to announce the construction of the first country lane in
Montreal.
    The pilot project of the greening of the laneway bordered by
Henri-Julien / Drolet / avenue des Pins / Square Saint-Louis, is the result of
ten years of effort by local residents to improve and green their
neighbourhood laneways.
    Alexandre Noel of Nature Valley, is pleased to announce that not only is
their donation contributing to the improvement of the laneway but it will also
allow the Ville de Montreal to design and produce a guide on improving and
greening laneways.
    "I am thrilled that this innovative project will soon be a reality. It is
the result of a productive collaboration between our city's administration and
local residents, whose contribution I applaud. It is also one of the first
tangible results of the Plateau's Participatory Budget initiative. This
project is a testimony to our joint commitment to protect and enrich our
borough's natural heritage. I am pleased that this community initiative is
receiving the support of Nature Valley. We must work together to find
solutions that ensure the beautification of the city and to offer quality
environments for people to live. I invite all Montrealers to enthusiastically
pursue such initiatives," added Ms. Fotopulos.
    "Nature Valley is very proud to partner with the Ville de Montreal on
this innovative project to increase green spaces in Montreal," said Alexandre
Noel of Nature Valley. "Our Nature in the City program has allowed us to give
back as a company across the country and help make urban spaces more enjoyable
for Montrealers."
    This redevelopment project was inspired by similar projects in Vancouver
and will involve a partial replacement of the street asphalt by a geosynthetic
structure, which will allow plant life to grow. The laneway will resemble an
old country lane, with two strips suitable for motor vehicles surrounded by
greenery.
    Moreover, the greening project will conserve previous work done on the
laneway, winner of the "Green Laneway" category in the 2006 beautification
competition.
    Asphalt laneways in the Plateau-Mont-Royal extend over 53 km,
contributing to the already high mineralization of the area. The
naturalization of these paved areas will decrease rising temperatures in the
surrounding regions caused by heat islands in asphalted areas, leave more
space for greenery, improve air quality and encourage the natural filtering of
rainwater. All of this will result in more beautiful and welcoming laneways,
less litter and graffiti and a strong sense of community.
    Through Montreal's green fund, managed by the Société de verdissement du
Montréal métropolitain, the Ville de Montreal allows private enterprises to
actively participate in community projects.

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For further information:

For further information: Edith Pariseau, Ville de Montreal,
Communications, (514) 872-8090, epariseau@ville.montreal.qc.ca; Alison Neill,
Optimum Public Relations, (514) 985-8309, Cell: (514) 909-8085,
alison.neill@cossette.com; Source: Darren Becker, Press attache, Ville de
Montreal, (514) 872-6412, dbecker@ville.montreal.qc.ca

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