Build it and they will come: Luskville recreation area make-over plans

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Kate Aley

Eight people representing various user demographics gathered at the Luskville Community Centre on Nov. 5 to discuss ways the recreation area on Hwy. 148, (#3206) could be refurbished and improved. Led by the Municipality of Pontiac’s (MoP) community development officer Meghan Lewis, the group defined ways in which the area could be come more accessible and useful to the people of the municipality.

Pontiac2020.ca asked Lewis to summarize the ideas brought to the meeting.

P2020: How many parks are there in the MoP?

Lewis: There are currently six parks: five neighborhood parks and one municipal park, [that] being the Luskville Recreation Park. The recreational park in Quyon is not owned by the Municipality. The Luskville recreation park is the only central and multipurpose municipal park in the MoP.

P2020: What does it currently host?  

Lewis: Right now, it is comprised of a children’s play area, skating rink, skate park equipment, two baseball diamonds, a petanque (bocce) area and a soccer field as well as a small service building.

P2020: What are some current issues with the park?

Lewis: Although it is widely used by residents of all ages all year round, it is in great need of repair and renovations. With respect to its Age-Friendly Municipality policy and action plan, as well as its imminent Municipal Family Policy, the MoP wishes to develop a vision of how the park should be upgraded.

P2020: What was the goal of the focus group meeting?

Lewis: The consultation regarding the Luskville Recreation Park, led by the Municipality in partnership with Loisir-Sport Outaouais (http://www.loisirsportoutaouais.com/), aims at including citizen’s ideas and opinions in building a vision of how the park should be developed. The goal [was to] to pinpoint the areas and infrastructures that need upgrading to better meet the needs of Pontiac residents and also to include ideas that will allow the park to be a safer, more welcoming and multifunctional community space.  

P2020: How have people added their ideas to the list?

Lewis: As a first step, an online survey was published and 120 respondents across the Municipality were generous is sharing their ideas and needs with regards to the Park. Then on Nov. 5, a Focus-Group comprised of eight residents of all ages participated in a workshop to re-design their “ideal” park. Some children also participated and were able to also contribute their ideas.

P2020: When will a decision be made about what to do next?

Lewis: The next step will be for council members to prioritize which ideas will be taken into account in the next budget.

P2020: Is there a deadline for suggestions?

Lewis: Although the consultation period is over, if residents have any further ideas or wish to express their needs concerning the park, they can contact me at the municipality.

Contact Meghan Lewis at the MoP office (819 455 2401, ext. 135) with any further ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Slipping back: background facts

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Kate Aley

Welcome back. While I wait for my file on the accident (December 4) to be retrieved by the MRC des Collines police, I placed calls to two local people, experts on the trucking of manure. For those who are coming in late to this, see my previous "slippery" stories archived here.

Slippery story: the update

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Kate Aley

On Monday December 4, a serious accident was caused by some kind of slippery fluid being splashed all over the highway in Luskville. Many people commented on the unexpectedly deep puddles, the effort it took to stay on the road and the horrible stink of it. There was so much, a snow plow was called in to strip it off the road. What was that stuff? Where did it come from? I managed to find someone to talk to from the MTQ within two days. But as yet, my attempts to get information about this incident from the MRC des Collines police have been unproductive. 

Warming up for Christmas at the Santa Claus Parade

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Kate Aley

Once more the Quyon Lions' Club Santa Claus Parade, held Saturday December 9, was a great success. Warmly-dressed families lined the streets to enjoy the decorated floats, horses and of course, St. Nick himself. As the Beach Barn is conspicuously absent this year, the parade's normal route was reversed, with participants gathering at the Ste. Marie's Catholic church parking lot and walking down the hill to the intersection with Clarendon. From there, the parade continued to the Onslow Elementary School gym where hot food and drinks were served as kids lined up to speak to Santa about a few important matters.

Slippery sh*t: unidentified effluent causes accident

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Kate Aley

A serious single-vehicle roll-over was caused early morning on December 4 by a deep slick of some kind of waste matter spilled on Highway 148 near Parker Road in Luskville. Pools of what appeared to be septic waste or liquid animal manure were at least two or three meters in length and possibly 4 cm in depth, according to witnesses.

Christmas House Tour lights up the night

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Kate Aley

The houses on the Quyon Pastoral Charge Christmas House Tour warmly received 150 visitors this year. Five family homes in Quyon and Luskville were decorated to perfection to the appreciation of all. Above, the Draper homestead in Luskville.

Scheer in Pontiac: We shouldn’t let the politics of envy divide one group of Canadians against another

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Thomas Soulière

SHAWVILLE — The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada spent the first day of December visiting the federal riding of Pontiac with stops in Campbell’s Bay, Fort Coulonge and Shawville to speak to farmers, small business owners and voters about the CPC’s position on the Liberal government’s tax policy and to show the Conservative’s strong support of supply management.

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