On September 15, Saint-Laurent elected officials and partners got together to celebrate the inauguration of a new trail: the Parcours Chameran.
From École Henri-Beaulieu to Passage Boa, passing by Parc Painter, this new common space for neighbourhood residents features playful, colourful artwork, green spaces designed for quiet contemplation and a podcast to learn more about the neighbourhood. A number of key players in the area—including residents, students and local organizations—have been working together over the past few months to create a project that promotes community living.
In the parcours Chameran, visitors will be invited to explore various attractions of the Chameran sector:
- Phénix de feu et de glace mosaics – École Henri-Beaulieu, 235 rue Bleignier.
A colourful creation by students from Grades 3-6, to admire on the walls of the school.
- Urban herbarium – In the sandbox at Parc Painter, 260 rue Marcotte.
Mosaics illustrating the foliage of trees and plants in the neighbourhood.
- Au gré du vent mural – Centre communautaire Painter, 260 rue Marcotte.
Made of porcelain, the mural is a celebration of the journey, the roots and the abundance of cultures.
- Mosaic benches – Passage Boa (between boulevard Jules-Poitras and rue Quenneville.
Evoking the name of the passage, the benches represent a boa, while the mosaic pieces evoke the scales of this large snake. These benches invite the neighbours to sit down and chat.
- Flowered wasteland – Passage Boa.
Natural environment for urban insects and pollinators.
- Cuisine ton quartier podcast route.
To discover and understand the issues of the residents in the Chameran sector, download here.
The Parcours Chameran has been made possible through the collaboration of the following partners: Atelier Nayan, Quand l’art passe à l’action (ATSA), Bureau d’intégration des nouveaux arrivants à Montréal (BINAM) and VertCité.
On the photo: The Mayor of Saint-Laurent, Alan DeSousa and the City Councillor for the Norman-McLaren District, Aref Salem, took part in the inauguration of the Parcours Chameran, on September 15, with many partners and project participants, of which the Assistant Director of École Henri-Beaulieu, Valérie Lacroix; mosaic artists of NAYAN, Nelson Béguin and Annie Yung; the Director of VertCité, Guy Déziel; the General and Artistic Director of ATSA, Annie Roy; the Director of Culture, Sports, Loisirs et Développement social, Patrick Igual; the Développement social Advisor, Lucile Dubois; the photographer and videographer, Youssef Shoufan; the Head of the Division, Loisirs et Développement Social, Éric Lagacé; a representative of BINAM, Laurie Savard; the Head of Section, Loisirs et Développement social, Marie-Pascale Richard, the Liaison Officer, , Loisirs et Développement Social, Sofia Bitran and the project coordinator for VertCité, Philippe Marchand.
“To promote inclusion and help set up places where newcomers can share and chat, we created the Parcours Chameran. Throughout their visit to this trail, residents in the area will recognize themselves in the topics addressed. There is no doubt that this new space will foster conversations between neighbors and create new friendships.”