Green spaces and biodiversity - Montréal moves forward and acquires land to expand the Parc-nature des Rapides-du-Cheval-Blanc
2 décembre 2015
Montréal, le 2 décembre 2015 - Mr. Réal Ménard, member of the Montréal Executive Committee responsible for sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces, recommended to the urban agglomeration council the acquisition of a 22,999.4-square-metre piece of land in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough, to expand the Rapides-du-Cheval-Blanc Nature Park. This piece of land is located on 5e Avenue Nord between boulevard Gouin and rivière des Prairies. The transaction is valued at $3,431,280, taxes included.
“This acquisition will help us preserve a high-quality ecosystem on a panoramic site along rivière des Prairies. This space offers huge potential when it comes to large regional parks,” said Réal Ménard.
Since the adoption, in 2004, of the Policy on the Protection and Enhancement of Natural Habitats, 10 ecoterritories have been created in the Montréal urban agglomeration, including the Rapides du Cheval Blanc ecoterritory.
“Thanks to this transaction, Montréal is preserving a viable ecosystem, as well as consolidating the Rapides-du-Cheval-Blanc Nature Park, by expanding the park and developing a pedestrian path along the shoreline to Île Roxboro, at the eastern tip of the park,” said the Mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Dimitrios (Jim) Beis.
The acquisition of this piece of land is one of several acquisitions by Montréal to protect green spaces and biodiversity. It will also help the city reach its goal of dedicating 10% of the Montréal urban agglomeration territory to the protection and enhancement of natural habitats, as provided in the Schéma d'aménagement et de développement de Montréal, which was adopted in January 2015.