The long-term goal for the 46-hectare site (460,000 square metres) on Décarie Blvd. is to create a green neighbourhood that addresses Montreal’s shortage of social and affordable housing.
A temporary urban agriculture project will be set up in the former Hippodrome site to encourage sustainable development, the borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce announced on Friday.The long-term goal for the 46-hectare site (460,000 square metres) on Décarie Blvd. is to create a green neighbourhood that addresses Montreal’s shortage of social and affordable housing, the borough said.“Until the Hippodrome site becomes the green, mixed and inclusive neighbourhood that we want it to be, we are supporting the development of a sense of belonging and rootedness in the community,” Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce mayor Sue Montgomery said.From 1872 to 2009, the Hippodrome, previously called Blue Bonnets, was the site of a horse racing track. In 2009, it was operated by Attractions Hippiques, a private company that went bankrupt.In the summer of 2011, the rock band U2 held two enormous outdoor concert on the site.In 2012, the Quebec government said it would cede the property to the city of Montreal for urban development. However, Montreal acquired the land in October 2017 and the old buildings and stables were only demolished in 2019.A series of public consultations will begin this fall to discuss the future of the site.The borough has partnered with multiple organizations to develop this temporary urban agricultural project.The Coop Miel Montréal has already installed two beehives and planted nectar-producing plants to create a bee-friendly space. The coop received $28,758 for the project, which will also include educational workshops on beekeeping.Raised beds have also been installed on the old racetrack, where beets, carrots and lettuce are being grown, as well as Indigenous produce, like climbing beans and Oka melons.The site will have tree nursing activities organized by the Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (SOVERDI), which received $30,250 in funding for the project.“This large space is ideal, both for developing a second tree nursery for our planting projects, and for implementing innovative environmental arboriculture pilot projects,” said Simon Racine, director of major projects at SOVERDI.Part of their project is to plant 600 trees over the next three years. In the fall, there are plans to plant garlic and build a tree firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter.com/mia_anhouryRelated