Projet Montréal councillors hope that a new beach in Verdun becomes a landmark project for the borough and underline the importance of choosing the best site for this future attraction. “We welcome the Mayor of Verdun’s openness towards a new beach on the Verdun waterfront. It’s a project that has been important to Projet Montréal for a long time,” said Desmarchais-Crawford borough councillor Marie-Andrée Mauger, who manages the borough’s environment file.
The Leader of Projet Montréal thinks the time is right to improve waterfront access for Montrealers. “With this project, as well as that in Pointe-aux-Trembles and our proposal for a harbour pool in the Old Port, Montrealers would have three new places in which to enjoy the river,” stated Richard Bergeron. The Leader of the Official Opposition added that various factors must be considered in planning a beach in Verdun. “First and foremost, we must guarantee public safety by locating the beach where the current poses no hazard.
Accessibility, whether by foot, public transport, or car, infrastructure availability, and the river profile must all be taken into consideration,” he added.
Verdun’s Projet Montréal councillors are promoting the potential of a site just behind the Verdun Auditorium, which is located in the middle of the borough’s community life and next to the island’s best recreation and sports hub. The site is also very accessible, being five minutes’ walk from a metro station, close to the Wellington and de l’Église commercial streets, and near the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Verdun.
“Between the Auditorium and the Nun’s Island Bridge, the waterfront would greatly benefit from redevelopment, as we can still see the last vestiges of an old asphalt road,” added Marie-Andrée Mauger.
“The site mentioned by Mayor Parenteau has a great view over the water, which adds to its charm, but it is far from Verdun’s metro stations and is locatedclose to a migratory bird sanctuary. We recognize that this site has huge potential, but we are convinced that other projects would be better suited for the area,” said Luc Gagnon, borough councillor for Desmarchais-Crawford. Projet Montréal councillors hope that the borough will proceed with the collection of detailed information regarding current strength, flow rate, and water quality of the possible sites, and that Verdun residents be included as active stakeholders in the project.