Welcome to Les amis' end-of-summer newsletter 2012
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Photo: Samuel Montigné
BACK TO SCHOOL ... IN NATURE: INTRODUCING LES AMIS' EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS ON MOUNT ROYAL 2012-2013
An outing on Mount Royal provides a unique experience for a variety of learning purposes. For more than 30 years, Les amis de la montagne have partnered with educators of the Montreal region in achieving their pedagogical objectives.
Our environmental education programs encourage direct contact with the natural environment and are aimed at school groups of all levels.
Click here to obtain a copy of our complete service offer in French or refer to our condensed English-language version by clicking on this link. To reserve a date for an outing in Mont-Royal Park, contact our reservations coordinator.
THE RESTORATION OF THE BEAVER LAKE BASIN IS WELL UNDERWAY
The work has begun on the site of the Beaver Lake basin in Mont-Royal Park. Machinery has been in full force since the beginning of July to empty the basin and remove the large volume of sediment accumulated since 1938, to identify, remove and store the stones in the surrounding wall, and to remove the surrounding pavement.
Photos: Samuel Montigné
This first phase of construction runs until February 2013. The work consists of rebuilding the stone wall surrounding the basin, reshaping the bottom of the basin and building a pumping station to improve water circulation and oxygenation of the lake, as well as to better manage the water levels.
Les amis de la montagne, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, have installed three colourful and educational interpretive panels around the work site. Visitors may independently discover the history of the site and the restoration project, past and current activities of the sector, as well as photos of the changing landscape.
Moreover, two guided visits of the Beaver Lake basin worksite will be offered to members of the community this fall. Les amis de la montagne will provide a presentation of the Beaver Lake sector of the park and the context of the work undertaken, followed by a technical visit of the work area led by landscape architects with the Ville de Montréal.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
THE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM IS STILL TAKING PLACE EACH SATURDAY
Getting involved in the conservation of the mountain’s biodiversity is simple! Present yourself at Maison Smith on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. and participate in the environmental actions proposed by Les amis’ conservation team. For details, click here.
A big thank you to all the volunteers, as well as the corporations and associations that participated in the program since May:
“LA MONTAGNE EN IMAGES” PHOTO CONTEST CLOSES ON SEPTEMBER 22
There are a few weeks left to participate in the “La montagne en images” photo contest presented by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and organized by Les amis de la montagne.
There are six categories in the contest this year: Animals of Mont Royal, Landscapes and viewpoints, Water in all its forms, Together on the mountain, Works of art and buildings and Youth perspective (for those 18 and under, free choice of a theme).
The closing date of the contest is September 22. Please click on this link for contest regulations and participation forms.
A PREVIEW OF FALL ACTIVITIES
Les amis de la montagne have a busy fall season planned, providing a variety of activities on the mountain to please the whole family. Here is a preview:
Guided walks on bird watching
Day-long guided walks
Art on the mountain as part of the “Journées de la culture”
The mountain through a lens
ANNUAL CAMPAIGN: EVERY DONATION COUNTS AND INSPIRES US!
Les amis de la montagne’s 25th anniversary is coming to a close, a year filled with opportunities and challenges! In supporting our initiatives, you participate in the protection of Mont Royal for the benefit of current and future generations. Click here to make your donation to Les amis de la montagne’s annual campaign. Thank you for your generosity!
The Montreal General Hospital abandons its plans to expand on Avenue Cedar
In a statement released on July 25 last, the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) announced its intention to abandon the expansion project of the Montreal General Hospital in the building located at 1750 Avenue Cedar.
Citing the refusal by the Ministry of Health and Social Services to support the zoning change required for the institutional use of this residential building, the MUHC declared it is currently revising the Montreal General Hospital redevelopment plans.
Click here to read the statement issued by the MUHC.
Montreal receives the Prix Aménagement 2012 for Give Peace a Chance
Congratulations to the Ville de Montréal for receiving the Prix Aménagement 2012 awarded last May by Les Arts et la Ville.
Les Arts et la Ville, an organization which aims to bring cultural and municipal stakeholders together, praised the Ville de Montréal for the integration of the artistic installation Give Peace a Chance in the renovation of the Peel entry to Mont-Royal Park. Kudos to the design team, including the Groupe CHA, Linda Covit, Artist, Marie-Claude Séguin, Landscape Architect, and the city’s Direction des grands parcs.
NOTICES ABOUT ACTIVITIES ON MONT ROYAL
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, Sunday, September 9
For the third consecutive year, the Ville de Montréal will host the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday, September 9. This event necessitates modifications to traffic circulation and parking in the area.
Traffic restrictions in the area will be in effect from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the finish line is located on Avenue du Parc, opposite the monument to Sir George-Étienne-Cartier.
Avenue Parc will be closed to traffic between Des Pins and Mont-Royal avenues on Saturday, September 8 at 7 a.m. until Sunday, September 9 at 10 p.m. Other streets will be closed to traffic between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 9. Pedestrians will be able to cross the street at certain unfenced areas where the road is clear of cyclists.
More information is available on the Ville de Montréal website.
Terry Fox Run, Sunday, September 16
Due to the Beaver Lake basin worksite, the departure of the Terry Fox Run on Mont Royal will be held from Maison Smith on Sunday, September 16. There will be no public road closures, but visitors to Maison Smith can expect a higher-than-usual volume of traffic.