A beach in Lachine? Officials say they’re interested in the idea

Lachine is thinking of creating its own urban beach
Move over Verdun, Lachine wants in on your beach action. The borough is thinking of making its own urban oasis where residents go cool off on a hot day. Borough Mayor Maja Vadanovic says three locations are being considered for this project. As Global's Tim Sargeant explains, the success of the Verdun beach is key to this project.

Officials in Lachine, on the Island of Montreal, say they’re musing over the idea of building a beach on Lac Saint-Louis.

Borough Mayor Maja Vodanovic announced she plans to go live on Facebook Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the possibility of creating a public beach.

“[There is] a lot of work to be done, but it’s started and I’m really glad,” she told Global News.
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She noted that there are three possible sites undergoing water analysis “on a regular basis.”

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These analyses will be carried out over the next two years to determine how much the water quality fluctuates when monitored over a long period of time.

“In the end, this information will help to choose the safest place to establish a beach in Lachine,” Vodanovic said.

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The mayor pointed to the Verdun beach, located behind the borough’s auditorium, which opened for the first time at the beginning of this summer  – five years after the idea was first proposed.

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“Verdun has succeeded in doing it. We’ve been wanting to do it, so now we’re kind of looking at what Verdun did,” Vodanovic said.

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Verdun Mayor Jean-François Parenteau is expected to also take part in the Facebook live, to talk about how the first year of operations went.

The project cost $7 million – $2 million over budget – and was opened two years behind schedule.

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The original plan was to open the beach in time for the Montreal’s 375th anniversary in 2017, but was delayed due to multiple hurdles — including environmental considerations, funding issues and a change in location.

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Several trees had to be cut down and some wildlife was displaced, but Verdun officials have promised to plant more trees and species of plants to compensate.