Projet Montréal leader Richard Bergeron and the party's candidate for mayor of Verdun borough Yannick Brosseau this morning presented their plan to open a sandy beach in Verdun along the St. Lawrence River.
Bergeron said that if elected, he would pull up the asphalt and concrete of the old marina in Verdun and put in a sandy beach so residents can easily go for a dip in the river.
"People already swim where there are docks but that is not enough and it is not ideal for families. With the support of Verdun residents, we promise to make a real beach where children can play in the sand and go for a swim in the summertime."
Bergeron said the project would be a good way to revitalise the neighbourhood, especially between the de l'Eglise metro station and the Verdun Auditorium.
Bergeron said a Projet Montréal administration would also build a service bridge linking Ile des Soeurs to the rest of the Verdun Borough. That bridge, which would be closed to cars, would offer easy access for Ile des Soeurs residents to the new beach by bike or on foot, plus a reserved lane for buses and emergency vehicles.
Project Montréal is a new party so Bergeron is unlikely to be elected mayor in the Nov. 1st election (although his party's popularity has been shooting up of late due to allegations of corruption against members of the two leading parties). But Projet Montréal is expected to win a number of seats on city council and several borough councils. If so, let's hope they keep pushing for more beaches. We live on an island, after all, and the water is plenty clean enough for swimming!