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Highlights of the borough council meeting on Monday, April 1, 2019

April 3, 2019

An all-new cricket pitch in CDN–NDG

Although cricket is still nowhere near as well known as hockey or basketball in Canada, it is becoming increasingly popular with players and fans in Montreal, in large part due to immigration from South Asia and the Caribbean.
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is home to many cricket enthusiasts and soon they will be better able to practice their favourite sport in Van Horne Park. One of the first municipal cricket pitches will be opening in summer 2019, allowing teams to compete on a safe and high-performance surface specially designed for the sport, for as long as the weather permits.

At its meeting on Monday, April 1, the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Borough Council awarded a contract for nearly $50,000, including taxes, for work to create a cricket pitch in the park.

The work, to begin in May, consists of excavation, earthmoving, construction of the new cricket pitch, preparing the site and filling, compacting and leveling, and landscaping including sod laying, finishing, and artificial turf, suitable for cricket. 

We hope all cricket players will have a great season!

Urban agriculture at the Hippodrome

Now that the old buildings and stables at the Hippodrome (Blue Bonnets) have been demolished, temporary activities are being organized there.

For this first transitional project, the borough decided to return the land to one of its historical vocations: farming. And to ensure the project is a success, the borough has extended a grant of $52,000 to three organizations working in the fields of urban agriculture and food security:

•    the Société environnementale de CDN (SOCENV)
•    the Multicaf community cafeteria
•    the Depot Community Food Centre

The goal is to make the most of this magnificent site, but also to pay tribute to the soil itself, the first resource used by the earliest colonists. Oka melons and string beans will be grown as soon as the risk of frost is past.

Borough Mayor Sue Montgomery is very proud and convinced that this first innovative step will rally support for the future exemplary urban development megaproject planned for the former Hippodrome de Montréal site.

“Yes, it's just a temporary project, but urban agriculture will also have a role to play once the Hippodrome site has become a community and home to thousands of Montrealers,” she said.

Come say hello and encourage the gardeners, the first in over more than a century to farm this site that played such a huge role in our borough. The fruits of their labour will be distributed through the existing network of the participating organizations.

A more detailed program of activities will be available soon.

Opening the door to new restaurants on Sherbrooke and Somerled 

For several years, the number of restaurants allowed on rue Sherbrooke and avenue Somerled has been strictly limited. Because the borough wanted to avoid having too many eateries on the same street, they were required to be separated by at least 25 metres.

Today, in 2019, our habits are changing. E-commerce has transformed consumers' behaviour, and this has had a major impact on our commercial streets. Consequently, on Monday evening the Borough Council repealed this restriction on rue Sherbrooke and avenue Somerled.

Mayor Montgomery feels that lifting this restriction will allow various types of restaurants to open, breathing new energy into these streets and revitalizing neighbourhood life.