Rosemère, nestled in the scenic Greater Montreal area, is celebrating the successful completion of the Charbonneau Park shoreline redevelopment and ecological restoration project. This ambitious endeavor, aimed at creating a more resilient and ecologically diverse waterfront, underscores the dedication of local and provincial authorities to environmental preservation and community well-being.
Funded by a generous contribution of $866,000, equally shared by the Gouvernement du Québec and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), the project aligns with the Trame verte et bleue du Grand Montréal, a regional initiative promoting the preservation of natural environments. The Town of Rosemère itself invested $812,980, demonstrating their commitment to this transformative undertaking.
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The outcome is a magnificent natural space that offers residents and visitors alike an unrivaled waterfront view and direct access to the serene Mille Îles River.
Enhancing Resilience through Wetland Stewardship
The Charbonneau Park shoreline, previously susceptible to spring flooding, has undergone substantial ecological restoration to bolster its resilience to natural challenges. The selection of plant species was carefully executed to seamlessly integrate with the local ecosystem, fostering a harmonious coexistence.
Visitors to Charbonneau Park will now enjoy:
New Walking Paths: Solepave, a unique gravel system, has been employed to create walking paths that allow precipitation to penetrate the ground, reducing runoff and promoting soil health.
Beautiful Landscaping: The park now boasts native shrubs and indigenous plants that enhance aesthetics while providing habitat and sustenance for local wildlife.
Family-Friendly Amenities: A sandpit for children, benches for relaxation, and picnic tables for gatherings enhance the park’s family appeal.
Water Access: Enthusiasts of non-motorized water sports can indulge in activities like kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding along the newly accessible riverfront.
Seasonal Transformation: In winter, a sodded and lighted area transforms into a skating rink, ensuring year-round vibrancy.
Distinguished figures, including Eric Girard, Quebec’s Minister of Finance; Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal and CMM President; and Eric Westram, Mayor of Rosemère, have expressed their support and vision for the project. They highlight the restoration of public riverbank access, enrichment of the Trame verte et bleue du Grand Montréal, and the harmonious coexistence of quality of life and environmental sustainability. These perspectives underscore the community’s dedication to creating a biodiverse and accessible waterfront for present and future generations to cherish.