Opening of the new Tony-Proudfoot Park – A great place to get moving!
The mayor of the City of Pointe-Claire, John Belvedere, is pleased to announce the opening of the new Tony-Proudfoot Park, located at the corner of Gendron and Des Frênes avenues in Quartier Greenwich.
“At Tony-Proudfoot Park, children and adults can get moving and enjoy a picnic! This accessible and inclusive park was designed in honour of its namesake to allow children with special needs of all kinds to enjoy it, while enhancing the municipal leisure offer,” Mayor John Belvedere said.
This is one of the first parks on the island of Montréal to provide a wide variety of adapted amenities. It features:
- an area reserved for children aged 2 to 5 years old;
- a play structure for children aged 6 to 12, including:
- an access ramp;
- an adapted swing for children in wheelchairs; and
- a tactile roller slide, compatible with hearing aids.
- several interactive features, including musical panels and others illustrating sign language;
- a wheelchair- and stroller-accessible picnic area;
- a bench set off to the side for a quiet retreat; and
- a climber dome featuring a calm interior space for children in need of a break or those with sensory disorders
Inauguration of the park
An inauguration ceremony will be held in the coming weeks to celebrate the opening of this new park. Due to the pandemic, the event will be broadcast live on the City of Pointe-Claire’s Facebook page so that everyone can participate. More details will follow on the City’s website and Facebook page.
Who was Tony Proudfoot?
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, he graduated from John Rennie High School in 1966, and went on to play in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Montreal Alouettes and British Columbia Lions. He won the Grey Cup with the Alouettes in 1974 and 1977.
Tony Proudfoot was also involved in the community as a journalist, teacher and coach.
After he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2007, he created the Tony Proudfoot Fund to improve the living conditions of people with the disease and provide support for medical research.
This park honours him and gives everyone a chance to get moving!
A park for and by the community
The Tony-Proudfoot Park was designed with the help of the community. A contest was first held for Pointe-Claire citizens to choose its name. They were then invited to contribute to its planning and development.
“I would like to thank all those who contributed to creating the Tony-Proudfoot Park, a great addition that improves the quality of life of our community,” Mayor Belvedere concluded.
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