Third Phase of the Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain to Begin Soon

Third Phase of the Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain to Begin Soon

The third phase of the Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain will be developed by the Bureau d’audience publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE – The Office of Public Hearings for the Environment).

The Environmental Minister, Yves-François Blanchet recently told the BAPE to hold a hearing and investigate Phase III of the project, which will extend 2.5 kilometers between Côte Sillery and Gilmour.

The $100 million project funded by the Quebec government should begin this year, and is scheduled to open in 2016. Although it appears that the project may not start until 2014 as public hearings are still not fixed. The development of this project was initially planned for last fall.

During the presentation of the project in spring 2012, it had been announced that an ornamental water feature would be the focus of Phase III. The surface of this water feature would be roughly 4300 square meters and would integrate a 1500 square meter pool with various water games attached.

A citizens group,Québec-Arbres, is concerned about the environmental impacts of this new facility. In a letter sent to the Minister Blanchet, President Johanne Elsener speaks of “expensive amenities that are not essential or desirable in the context of sustainable development.”

She is also concerned about the projected destruction of 20% of the surface of the last bit of marshlands between the city’s port, and the bridges. Wooden walkways have to pass over the marsh according to the concept chosen for the Foulon station.

Québec-Arbres is also concerned that access to Phase III of the walk is based largely on the construction of 600 parking spaces. Instead, the agency proposes that we take advantage of the transport network in the capital by setting up a circuit for the Écolobus or promoting the 400 summer course.

……………………………………………….. Staff Writer

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