The creation of a Great Park of the East-end: mobilization bore fruit.

It is with great pleasure that the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montréal) welcomes the decision announced by the City of Montréal’s administration to assess and study the protection of the woods and Anjou Golf course for the creation of a truly green space on the eastern tip of the Island. CRE-Montréal, along with numerous local and regional players, has been working for the better part of four years to transform these spaces into a Great Park. The announcement made by the city is a major milestone for the park’s creation.

“This is very good news for the whole of Montreal,” says Coralie Deny, executive director of CRE-Montréal. “The municipal administration has opened a window, offering its population, and in particular the residents of Anjou, a view of having formidable access to nature.”

“The people who live and work on the East of the Island will see their quality of living environment improve. Not only will there not be a net loss of green space, there will actually be an increase in biodiversity as well as forest cover,” adds Emmanuel Rondia, Green Spaces and Natural Environment Manager at CRE-Montréal.

Since the fall of 2014, CRE-Montréal has been working to mobilize, create awareness, and insist on the importance of reserving the Anjou golf course as a green space, thereby hindering its future disappearance under asphalt.  The CRE-Montréal has been working with a number of partners from within the framework of its ILEAU (Interventions locales en environnement et aménagement urbain).

Last week, initiated by CRE-Montréal and a number of local players in the environmental, social and health sectors (Sierra Club Québec, Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook, Les amis du parc Angrignon, Sauvons L’Anse-à-L’Orme, Technoparcoiseaux, Sauvons la Falaise, STOP et la Coalition Verte), an open letter was co-signed requesting that the administration make a strong gesture for the creation of a Great Nature Park of the East-end (Anjou). The open letter echoed the sentiment of a number of other environmental organizations who have been in support of the endeavour.

The Bois-d’Anjou nature park, as well as the adjacent Anjou Golf course, make up an oasis of more than 100 hectares housing inconceivable treasures of flora and fauna. Looking at a map of Montréal-East, the 40 hectares of dark green that make up the Bois-d’Anjou immediately catch the eye. The wooded area also houses marshlands and three creeks. Sheltering more than 180 species of plant life, the diversified habitats are also home to 57 species of birds and 6 species of amphibians and reptiles.

Bravo to the municipal administration for this vision, which contributes to social and territorial equality with regard to access to nature. The organization and its partners will continue to closely follow the actions that will be taken to bring this vision to life.