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La place Rodolphe-Rousseau

Place Rodolphe-Rousseau Welcomes the World!

In Saint-Laurent
Published on
July 31, 2017
If you get off at the Côte Vertu metro station, don’t pass up the opportunity to pay a visit to Place Rodolphe-Rousseau. This public parvis – designed, above all, to provide a space for citizens – features musical bicycles, photo exhibits, and a public piano.

Partly developed in response to ideas put forward by residents, this legacy project marking Montréal's 375th anniversary was named in honour of Mr. Rodolphe Rousseau (1931-2010), a citizen of the borough of Saint-Laurent, in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the community.

"Given that the neighbourhood is made up of people from various cultures, the goal is to open up new horizons for citizens and foster exchanges between residents as well as artists and the public," explains cultural liaison officer Mathieu Héroux. "This is a place to gather, share and socialize."

Judging by the comments from visitors, who seem thrilled to have a new gathering place, we would have to say mission accomplished!

Sarah and Patricia

Sarah et Patricia

On the musical bicycles, meanwhile, two young girls, all smiles, explain that the music only plays when you pedal: “We want to keep pedaling even harder, because it’s music we know and like!”

Mrs. and Mr. Fournier

M. et Mme Fournier

These neighbourhood residents have found their perfect place. The borough is home to a great diversity of cultures," says Mr. Fournier. "This is a unifying project that promotes integration and openness," his wife is quick to add.

Joshua and Julien, Torontonians visiting Montréal

Joshua et Julien

The public piano immediately drew the attention – and praise – of this pair of brothers. “This gives children from all backgrounds a chance to express their creativity,” says Joshua.

Mrs. Alromhein and Mr. Shoufan

Mme Alrombein et M. Shoufan

The couple strike a pose beside a portrait taken by their son, Youssef Shoufan, the man behind the 100 000 Horizons, which has been integrated into an exhibition of portraits of borough residents. Mr. Shoufan is extremely proud of his son: “The area has changed a great deal, and this park lends renewed life to the neighbourhood. It’s just beautiful.”

A full slate of family activities are on tap for the rest of the summer

Saturday, August 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Neighbourhood party

August 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Official inauguration of the place in the presence of the borough and city mayors

Friday, August 18 as of 3 p.m.
“Le temps d’une soupe” cultural event

Saturday, August 26 from noon to 3 p.m.
Neighbourhood party

Celebrating 375 years of history!
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