Work begins on the new Tony-Proudfoot Park
The Mayor of the City of Pointe-Claire, John Belvedere, is pleased to announce that construction has begun on the new Tony-Proudfoot Park, located at the intersection of Gendron and Des Frênes avenues in the Quartier Greenwich development in District 6 – Seigniory.
“This park will honour its namesake, Mr. Proudfoot, and will give everyone a chance to move,” Mayor Belvedere says. “In addition to enhancing the leisure offer, it will be accessible and inclusive, allowing children with special needs of all kinds to enjoy it.”
This is one of the first parks on the island of Montréal to offer a wide range of inclusive amenities for young and old.
The play structure for children aged 6 to 12 will be equipped with a ramp, making it wheelchair accessible. This area will also feature an inclusive swing that children in wheelchairs can comfortably enjoy. The structure also includes several slides: a six-foot-high one for the more adventurous types, a double slide for fun with a friend or parent, and a tactile roller slide compatible with hearing aids.
The park will also incorporate several interactive features, including musical panels and others illustrating sign language.
Tony-Proudfoot Park will have 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.
The park, which includes an area for children aged 2 to 5 years old, will be completely fenced to create a protected and safe environment for all.
Lastly, the entire protective playground surface will consist of poured rubber covered with durable, comfortable, and safe synthetic turf.
Call to the community
As part of a contest held last year, Pointe-Claire residents were asked to help name the park, and Tony-Proudfoot was chosen. In February 2019, the community was once again asked to voice its opinion to help with the park’s planning and development. Pointe-Claire residents chose to honour Mr. Proudfoot with a rock displaying a commemorative plaque. They also voted for the play-structure roof style in the 6- to 12-year-old play area and for the climber dome.
The work will continue until November 2019. The opening is scheduled for spring 2020.
“I’m proud of the involvement of citizens who helped design Tony-Proudfoot Park. This project is in line with our accessibility plan aimed at making Pointe-Claire a more adapted and inclusive living environment,” Mayor Belvedere concluded.
Mayor John Belvedere accompanied by the widow of Tony Proudfoot, Vicki Proudfoot, and District 6 Councillor David Webb visited the site of the future park to mark the beginning of construction.
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