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

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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."

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Kate Aley

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Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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Kate Aley

Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

Dedicated volunteer recognized with Governor General's medal

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Kate Aley

Luskville's Hélène Belisle (above) has been an extraordinary force for good in the Pontiac for decades. She has served as councilor for the Municipality of Pontiac, as a school board commissioner for the Commission scolaire des portages-de-l'Outaouais (CSPO), instigated and still facilitates the breakfast club at Notre Dame-de-la-Joie in Luskville, all while operating her own small business, Salon Chez Hélène. On September 11, Belisle was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians through the office of the Governor General of Canada.

Lacing up for the 2018 Terry Fox Run

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Kate Aley

September brings many things, among them cooler weather, fall fairs and the Terry Fox Run.

Regional coordinater John Petty is once again chasing the elusive goal of having 200 participants at this years run on Sunday, September 16.

Petty, along with his late wife Betty and legendary friend Rick Valin, has been facilitating the run practically since there was one.

The story of a story teller: the Joan Finnigan musical

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Kate Aley

Joan Finnigan, daughter of Shawville's Frank Finnigan, poet and author of 28 books, died in 2007. Now her legendary stories of life in the Ottawa Valley are brought to life in I Come From the Valley, a new musical by Stone Fence Theatre.

The cast of I Come From the Valley: standing from left, Phil Goden, Luna Nordholdt, Nigel Epps and Jocelyn Smith. Fran Pinkerton, seated, plays Joan Finnigan. Photo courtesy Stone Fence Theatre.

Exhibit featuring close-up paintings of Gatineau Park

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In collaboration with painter Ruby Ewen, we have organised an exhibit featuring close-up paintings of Gatineau Park!

Visiting the exhibit is free and, if you buy a painting, 50% of the proceeds will go to our Cameron-Purenne fund for research with which we fund scientific research in or about the Park!

Come and see these beautiful paintings inspired by our Park!

Where? At the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.
When? During the Visitor Centre opening hours.

Exposition de peintures présentant le parc de la Gatineau en gros plans

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En collaboration avec l'artiste Ruby Ewen, nous avons mis sur pied une exposition de peintures présentant le parc de la Gatineau en gros plans!

Visiter l'exposition est gratuit et si vous achetez une peinture, 50% des revenues iront à notre fonds Cameron-Purenne avec lequel nous finançons des projets de recherche scientifique dans le Parc ou à propos du Parc!

Venez voir ces belles peintures inspirées par notre parc!

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