December 05 2023

Charbonneau Park shoreline naturalization in Rosemère

A Lush, Biodiverse Waterfront Park for All to Enjoy 


The Town of Rosemère is proud to announce that the redevelopment and ecological restoration of the Charbonneau Park shoreline is now complete. This delivers on one of the environmental commitments made possible through a financial contribution of $866,000, funded equally by the Gouvernement du Québec and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), in connection with the Trame verte et bleue du Grand Montréal. The Town’s own investment in the project totals $812,980.


As a result, residents of Rosemère and the Greater Montreal area will be able to enjoy an incredible natural space that boasts an unrivalled waterfront view and access to the Mille Îles River. 


Wetland stewardship 

The Charbonneau Park shoreline, which is prone to flooding in the spring, has been revegetated to make it more ecologically resilient. The selected plants were chosen to blend in seamlessly with the flora and fauna of the local ecosystem. 


Visitors to the park will be able to benefit from:


- New walking paths made of Solepave, a gravel system that allows precipitation to run through

- Beautiful landscaping, featuring native shrubs and other plants 

- Family-friendly amenities, including a sand pit, benches and picnic tables

- Access to the river for non-motorized water sports 

- A sodded and lighted area that will be converted into a skating rink in the winter.


Quotes


“With this project, Rosemère is restoring public access to the banks of the Mille Îles River. The Gouvernement du Québec is pleased to be supporting this initiative,” said Eric Girard, Minister of Finance, Minister Responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers and Member for Groulx. 


“This project will help further enrich the Trame verte et bleue du Grand Montréal, which is helping to promote and preserve our natural environments so they can be cherished for generations to come. Once again, we are seeing how deeply committed communities across Greater Montreal are to ensuring people have better access to these environments, especially when it comes to bodies of water and shorelines. Congratulations to the Town of Rosemère and Mayor Eric Westram for this initiative,” said Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal and President of the CMM. 


“This project is proof positive that quality of life and environmental sustainability can go hand in hand. The naturalized shoreline will help protect this unique and vibrant ecosystem, while letting residents take full advantage of a beautiful waterfront area in the heart of our community,” said Eric Westram, Mayor of Rosemère.


 

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