Parc Lahaie with areas to be revitalised shown highlighted (photo credit: Étienne Coutu)
Earlier this month the Plateau administration announced a series of measures to revitalise parks within the borough. Chief among them are two key initiatives that will change the face of Parc Lahaie in Mile End.
This park is located at the corner of St-Laurent and St-Joseph in front of the Saint-Enfant-Jésus Church. Parc Lahaie is in the historic core of Saint-Louis-du-Mile-End and it is, along with Parc Saint-Michel, one of the only parks in the modern-day neighbourhood.
To increase the size of the park and push traffic off neighbouring residential streets, the borough has announced that it will permanently close to automobiles the stretch of St-Dominique that runs between the park and the church. This summer the park will also host a new farmers’ market on Thursday evenings starting on June 17th. The market will take place on the newly pedestrianised St-Dominique, which will be renovated next year specifically to serve this new vocation.
An artist’s conception of the new market (photo credit: Étienne Coutu)
The new neighbourhood market is organised by Greening Duluth, an initiative of the House of Friendship. Last summer this group organised a highly successful Sunday market at the St-Jean-Baptiste school at Laval and Marianne. This year, they’ve decided to continue the market and expand into Mile End. As well as fresh, locally-grown produce, the markets will feature live music from local groups.
Late last week city workers installed new entrée interdite signs on St-Dominique.
This weekend the project officially got under way with the closure of St-Dominique to traffic. For the time being the street will be painted over in green in advance of a more thorough renovation of the park next year. This is part of the Plateau administration’s broader philosophy of putting immediate, stop-gap measures in place in preparation of more permanent, long-term improvements of public space.