A new old park for the MoP: municipality takes over Quyon Ensemble property



Kate Aley

A historic handover occurred on April 7: the official transfer of ownership of the Quyon Recreation Park by community group Quyon Ensemble (QE) to the Municipality of Pontiac (MoP). The land, worth approximately $322,000, was symbolically sold by QE to the MoP for a dollar. "For the last couple of years we've been in negotiations," Roger Larose, mayor of the MoP, explained. "As a municipality, we've been wanting to have a recreation park in Luskville and one in Quyon. Through negotations, they [QE] were open to sit down and talk about it."

From left,  Benedikt Kuhn (MoP Director General), Me. Bernard Marquis (notary and advisor for QE), Heather Desabrais (representing QE), Roger Larose (mayor, MoP), Bev Fortin (representing QE) and Me. Lisa Galliano (notary for the transaction). 

Photo courtesy of Dominic Labrie, communications officer, MoP.

According to Dominic Labrie, communications officer for the MoP, QE found they were no longer able to manage the land as well as the events held on it. Although the Quyon community center, better known as the Beach Barn, is not on land owned by QE, the ownership transfer also seemed like an opportunity to ensure the development and improvement of both areas.

"For them, it was important to see the project going forward," said Labrie. "In their minds the projects were linked."

The Quyon Recreational Park, once the site of the Quyon Fair, at the corner of Clarendon and Ferry roads.

"For the MoP, it was important for us to be able to own the land," added Larose. "Right now there is a problem with the docks. With the new [cable] ferry, you can't bring big boats to the docks. The docks have to be moved, but we did not own land to move them to. Now we may be able to move them further onto QE land and fix the problem with the ferry."

Labrie said that a study of and public consultation about the future use of the Quyon Recreational Park will be the next step. This follows a successful public consultation on the Luskville park last year, necessary to seek funding with Loisirs Quebec for investment for the park. 

"It's a goal to keep at, [to keep involving] associations [like] Quyon Recreation Association and Quyon Ensemble," noted Labrie. "As a municipality, we can, as a partnership, work to get new events for that park, [such as] the tractor pull. It's important to note that [...] in our mind, the tractor pull will be able to happen this year again."

"We're open to all of that," added Larose. "Together this will help to develop that part of the town, help the town to come back to life."

As yet there is no firm date for the demolition of the Beach Barn this year, but "it is going away for sure" said Larose.

Labrie confirmed that the MoP are still waiting for the final plan from designer and architect Pierre J. Tabet, who was awarded the contract in December 2016. "The demolition and construction is on the same contract, we want to make sure it is done right," said Larose, adding that the community will be advised when the date is set.

"What happened today was a great thing for the whole municipality, not just Quyon," stated Larose. "With QE, everyone is happy. We have a good entente, we want to keep them there for years and help them out and their events, [such as the] Jam Fest. Whatever they want to run, we're happy to help."

The acquisition of the Quyon Recreational Park was instrumental to begin finding funding to improve it, according to MoP recreation and community life coordinator, Meghan Lewis.

"Parks are important to the community," she said. "The MoP have seven but only two have this special purpose as being a recreational park, a gathering place for the community. It's not that we don't want to work on neighbourhood parks, but the [recreational parks] serve a larger purpose and they are so important for community spirit... if we can fix them up, so many activities can go on. New groups such as the Parents de la Municipalité de Pontiac 0-5 ans (PMP 0-5 ans) want to pick this [opportunity] up, perhaps organize a community picnic."

The iconic "Elvis Building": repair or remove? The public consultation on developing of the Quyon Recreational Park will be held soon.

An official ceremony to mark the transfer of ownership of the park from QE to the MoP is being planned for the opening of the 2017 Jam Fest.

"We are working on a sign to thank them," said Larose. "It was nice for QE to be open to give us the land and I think we [both] have the same goal to see this municipality [become] better and I think we'll see some change."

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

Celebrating weeds (not weed)


Look what I found in a particularly weedy part of my garden: the first Monarch caterpillar I've seen a very very VERY long time.






I found that chubby little fellow lurking on a blade of grass so I moved him to this leaf, where he lay like a slug for quite a long time. Then I saw that he'd done a neat u-turn. Then I saw he'd eaten a patch of the leaf and taken off like a maniac. No idea where went. Looked everywhere. So I assume he's out there.

Let your milkweed grow. 

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Kate Aley

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Now in it's 14th year, the Pontiac School of the Art's mission is to inspire creative discovery in everyone.

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Ashley Graveline



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Kate Aley

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Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

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Kate Aley

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Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

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Kate Aley

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“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!


Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters



Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.