l’Ouest). The park is expected to encompass a 3,000-hectare green space and is part of a global initiative to ‘reduce carbon emissions and increase cities’ eco-footprints’. With the purchase of 25 hectares of land in the Île-Bizard/Ste-Geneviève borough and the 10 hectares of green space in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue announced last October – it is slowly becoming a reality.
The two areas of land in Île-Bizard which will be an integral part of the project, are located in the southwest part of the borough; in the Pointe-Theoret area agricultural zone (running along Cherrier and Montee Wilson streets) and will encompass close to 22 hectares at a cost of $750,000 (with 50% of being financed by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal). The other 3 hectares will be located in the Bois-de-L’Île-Bizard Nature Park with a price tag of $250,000, bringing the total to $1 million.
“Rather than destroying hundreds of hectares of natural spaces and wetlands, we will create the largest urban park in Canada, eight times the size of Central Park,” Plante recently said in her speech to world leaders at the United Nations climate summit in New York. In all, the Great West Park will combine parks running from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to Île-Bizard and could be be fifteen times the size of Mount Royal park.