The City of Saint-Eustache kicks off work on developing the Nature Park

Saint-Eustache, July 3, 2024 – Elected officials from the Saint-Eustache area today broke ground, kicking off the long-awaited development work on the Parc Nature de Saint-Eustache. This project was made possible thanks to financial support of nearly $3.3 million from the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and the Government of Québec, in equal parts, as part of the Greater Montréal Green and Blue Network, as well as a $500,000 grant from Hydro-Québec from the compensation paid for the establishment of the Poste des Patriotes.

With the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks having given the green light to the project, the City of Saint-Eustache will soon begin work on developing the access road and the unpaved parking lot with about a hundred spaces. For its part, construction of the reception chalet will begin this fall and will be built in harmony with the surrounding natural landscape according to strict environmental criteria. The choice of the architectural concept is currently the subject of a call for proposals. The project will be carried out using the “design-build” method, which is based on an interdisciplinary approach bringing together experts in planning, design and construction from the early stages of the project. Among other advantages, it should be noted that according to this method, the contractor at the helm of the project is required to respect the budget allocated to the project. All of this new infrastructure should be completed by the summer of 2025.

Let us recall that to date, the City of Saint-Eustache has acquired more than eight million square feet in order to preserve natural environments that are home to a rich ecosystem and to build reception infrastructures to allow for environmentally friendly recreational activities. The City received financial support amounting to $1.6 million under the Green and Blue Network, as well as $494,431 from Hydro-Québec, as part of this acquisition project.

« I am proud of the support of our government and my department for this magnificent initiative, but I am even more proud as the Member of Parliament for Deux-Montagnes. Indeed, the City of Saint-Eustache has developed a promising and inspiring project for the municipal world. I also applaud the preservation and enhancement of these natural environments, actions that are part of the protection of biodiversity. This is a precious gift that the partners are offering to nature and to citizens! “, declared Mr. Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks, Minister responsible for the Laurentides region and Member of Parliament for Deux-Montagnes.

« This development project demonstrates the importance of the Green and Blue Network program for the development of our natural environments. By supporting initiatives like this one, the CMM is fulfilling its commitment to help shape inclusive and sustainable living environments, in order to provide a pleasant living environment throughout its territory, for current and future generations. “, declared Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal and President of the Montreal Metropolitan Community.

« We are pleased and proud that our partners are so strongly supporting us in our efforts to preserve and enhance the largest green space in the territory. We intend to continue protecting the Nature Park by acquiring several other surrounding lots, and to complete its development so that environmentally friendly recreational activities can be held there, all for the benefit of the population and without adding to the tax burden of Eustachois and Eustachois “, added the mayor of Saint-Eustache, Mr. Pierre Charron.

« We are proud to support the City of Saint-Eustache, which has invested in creating this precious legacy for the benefit of its residents. Our financial participation of more than $994,000, paid as part of Hydro-Québec’s Integrated Development Program (PMVI), demonstrates our real desire to improve the living environment of communities that have welcomed electricity transmission facilities such as the new 315-25 kV Patriotes substation and its supply line on their territory. “, underlines Vincent Desormeaux, Head of Community Relations at Hydro-Québec.

About the Greater Montreal Green and Blue Network
The Green and Blue Network is a recreational and tourism network that protects and enhances the natural environments, landscapes and built heritage of Greater Montreal, for the benefit of citizens. Funded by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the Government of Quebec and municipalities, the Network’s many projects promote active and public transportation, and contribute to maintaining biodiversity, mitigating the impacts of climate change, improving citizens’ quality of life and strengthening the attractiveness of the metropolitan region. For more information, visit www.cmm.qc.ca.

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