City of Pointe-Claire

City of Pointe-Claire
Communaute metropolitaine de Montreal

Communaute metropolitaine de Montreal
Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy

Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy

April 04, 2012 08:00 ET

Second Action Plan for Accessibility to Greater Montreal's Blue Network of Shorelines and Bodies of Water

A $194,271 Investment for the Construction of a Cycling Link Connecting to Edgewater Park in Pointe-Claire

POINTE CLAIRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 4, 2012) - Mr. Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Mr. Gérard Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal and Chairman of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) and Mr. Bill McMurchie, Mayor of Pointe-Claire, are pleased to announce a joint financial investment of $194,271 for the construction of a cycling link connecting to Edgewater Park as part of the Second Action Plan for Accessibility to Greater Montreal's Blue Network of Shorelines and Bodies of Water called "Blue Fund".

A new bike path, half a kilometre in length, was constructed along Lake Saint-Louis. The path cuts primarily through Edgewater Park in Pointe-Claire Village. Being three meters wide, this multi-purpose trail can be used by cyclists and pedestrians alike; it has been embellished with newly-planted trees, shrubs and perennials. New urban furniture has also been installed along the path.

"This project fits perfectly within the Blue Fund's mission, including the creation of shoreline projects highlighting the shores, islands and bodies of water in order to increase their accessibility, while respecting the environment. I am convinced that local citizens will fully benefit from these new infrastructures," said Minister Lessard.

"Our citizens regularly request bicycle and pedestrian trails, particularly on the shoreline. This partnership will allow us to implement this project, and our citizens will be able to fully enjoy it as early as this spring," stated Bill McMurchie, Mayor of Pointe-Claire, while thanking the city's Engineering Department and its Parks and Horticulture Division for their excellent work.

For Mayor Gérald Tremblay, implementing these projects within the framework of the Blue Fund "confirms the willingness of the CMM and the Quebec government to preserve and enhance the Montreal area shorelines and bodies of water for the population's benefit. With the new cycling facilities at Edgewater Park, the City of Pointe-Claire has made this recreational space available to the population while providing access to a lakeside trail along Lake Saint-Louis."

The Edgewater Park project adds up to a total investment of $194,271, of which the sum of $97,229 is paid equally by the CMM and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy; the City of Pointe-Claire's participation in the project represents $97,042.

This project is among 20 projects selected for the whole of the CMM, under the framework of the Second Action Plan for Accessibility to Greater Montreal's Blue Network of Shorelines and Bodies of Water, Tier 1. In total, these 20 projects represent an investment of at least $4.5 million of which $3 million are paid equally by the CMM and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy. Participating municipalities have also invested more than $1.5 million in the project.

Since its creation in 2002, the Blue Fund supports municipalities which take tangible steps to protect and develop shorelines and bodies of water. Between 2002 and 2009, it has contributed funding to 68 projects with a total value of more than $41.9 million, of which $6 million came from the Quebec government; $10.5 million from the CMM and more than $25.5 million from the municipalities involved. For further information on the Action Plan's various projects, please visit the CMM website at the following address: http://cmm.qc.ca/BleusVerts.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ginette Brisebois
    Chef de division - Accueil et Information
    Ville de Pointe-Claire
    514 630-1300, poste 1633

    Marie-Claude Forget
    Analyste en environnement
    Service de l'environnement
    Communaute metropolitaine de Montreal
    514 350-2550

    For information:
    Julie Boivin
    Attachee de presse
    Cabinet du ministre des Affaires municipales,
    des Regions et de l'Occupation du territoire
    418 691-2050

    Dominique Bouchard
    Coordonnateur aux relations publiques
    Direction des communications
    Ministere des Affaires municipales, des Regions
    et de l'Occupation du territoire
    418 691-2015 p. 3823