To address the critical lack of green spaces in the East End of Montreal, Projet Montréal is committed to creating a veritable 'Green Lung of the East,' consisting of a network of green spaces located in the boroughs of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Anjou.
Projet Montréal is the best team to turn Montreal's East End from gray to green by protecting and acquiring land. Projet Montréal is committed to :
- Create a Great Eastern Park by substantially expanding the Pointe-aux-Prairies nature park;
- Expand the Bois d'Anjou nature park and preserve the green spaces of the Anjou metropolitan golf course;
- Creating the Mercier-Est Green Corridor and the Assomption South Green Corridor in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
These projects will add to the Eco Park of l'île Sainte-Thérèse, recently announced in collaboration with the municipality of Varennes and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, and will make it possible to create a large Eastern park for the entire population of the sector.
The 'Green Lung of the East' will allow the next Plante administration to reach the target that Projet Montréal had set for itself, to ensure that 10% of the City's territory is protected green space. To that end, during their first mandate, Valérie Plante's team clearly demonstrated its ability to protect and develop green spaces, notably through the acquisition of 230 hectares of land for park purposes and the creation of the Great Western Park.
The pride of the people of Montreal's East End is a priority for Projet Montréal and the creation of a Green Lung of the East will contribute directly to the quality of life of the people of the East End, as well as to the green and inclusive economic recovery put in place by the Projet Montréal administration.
"Our team has demonstrated its ability to protect and increase Montreal's green spaces - it is now East End's turn to have a green lung. Green spaces in the East have been neglected for too long, affecting the quality of life, health, and environment of the population. Those days are over. By creating the Eastern Green Lung, we want to ensure that the people of the East End have access to quality green spaces that will contribute to their pride and to the green and inclusive economic recovery that we are putting in place," said Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal.
"Never before has the East End of Montreal been such a priority for a Montreal administration, and the Green Lung of the East that Projet Montréal is committed to creating is a demonstration of this. With the arrival of the REM, the program to decontaminate the soil in the East End of Montreal, and the Declaration to revitalize the East End of Montreal, we ensure that the creation of quality green spaces is integrated into this acceleration of development in the East. The expansion of the Pointe-aux-Prairies Nature Park, to make it a Great Park for the East, in addition to the redevelopment of Gouin Boulevard (Projet Poussette), and the creation of new local parks that we will implement in the next mandate, will allow us to make an additional difference in the quality of life for families and the entire population of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles," said Caroline Bourgeois, Mayor of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough.
"The distribution of green spaces in Montreal has never been equitable towards the East End, and this Green Lung of the East, which provides two green networks integrated into the neighbourhoods of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, will give the citizens of the East of Montreal a greater access to nature " said Pierre Lessard-Blais, mayor of the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.