Last year I blogged about the Journée Nationale des Patriotes (except that I left out the ‘Nationale‘ and got called on it in the comments). It used to be Dollard Day but nobody was into it, and way before that it was Queen Victoria’s Mother’s birthday for whatever that’s worth.
But here’s something that perhaps all Montrealers can all agree to celebrate every May 24th: it’s Mount Royal Park’s birthday. The park was inaugurated on this day in 1876, making her 134 years young!
Cher Mont Royal, c’est à ton tour
de te laisser parler d’amour….
The mountain got one gift recently: the Executive Committee finally reined in a proposal for luxury condo development and single-family dwellings on at the former Marianopolis site. The mayor said that the developer will only be allowed to convert the existing buildings into condos, but not to build any new structures. The proposal by Cato Inc. would have required changes to the urban plan and countered the city’s plan for the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal, adopted in April 2009.
There’s still more controversy raging, with Université de Montréal hoping to sell off another chunk of land to private developers and a debate over whether to cut through-traffic out of the park. But lets talk about all that another time and take this moment to appreciate what we’ve got. For those who want to celebrate in situ, Les amis de la montagne are offering a tour entitled “Une montagne vivante.”
Mount Royal photograph cc abdallahh; cheezy photoshopping by yours truly