A brief history of Meadowbrook

    In January, the Agglomeration of Montreal adopts a new Urban Plan designating the Lachine portion of Meadowbrook, “Espace vert ou récréation”, with the result that the whole of Meadowbrook is now preserved as a green space.  Meadowbrook was the space most frequently mentioned by citizens and groups during the public consultations.

    Following public consultations, the Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal (OCPM) adopts the Labrecque Commission recommendation, that Meadowbrook be preserved and made into a nature park connected by a green corridor to the St. Jacques escarpment.

    2013  April


    • Groupe Pacific, seeing its plans being rejected by the City, sues Montreal in an attempt to force it to expropriate the Lachine part of Meadowbrook for $44 Million, plus over $800,000 in “damages” (judgment pending).
    • Both of Montreal’s Agglomeration and Municipal Councils unanimously adopt the FCM-RAC’s 300meter safety setbacks from rail yards, including those surrounding Meadowbrook, and mandate the inclusion of the setbacks in their new Urban Plans. The objections of AMT and CP Rail to residential development on Meadowbrook are also presented to the Councils.

    The AMT announces plans for a Lachine maintenance centre in CP’s Sortin Yards at a cost of $120 million, with federal and provincial funding.

    On October 25, the City of Montréal rejects Groupe Pacific’s residential development plan.

    In June, the Labrecque Commission of the Montreal Agglomeration, after public hearings, recommends preserving Meadowbrook and making it a nature park and connecting by a green corridor to the St. Jacques escarpment.

    Groupe Pacific proposes a “green” Petite Rivière residential development on Lachine’s portion of Meadowbrook.

    The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Railway Association of Canada (FCM-RAC) adopt guidelines and best practices on setbacks (300 m) between new residential developments and rail yards.

    Groupe Pacific acquires the land for $3 million and hires Suzanne Deschamps, former Director General of the Société d’Habitation et de Développement de Montréal (SHDM), to lobby her former colleagues at the City of Montréal.

    Following public consultations, the Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal (OCPM) recommends that Meadowbrook and the Petite Rivière Saint-Pierre be added to the list of Montréal eco-territories.

    The City of Côte Saint-Luc changes zoning on its portion of Meadowbrook (31 hectares) from residential to recreational/commercial (golf).

    Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook is established to fight a proposed residential development by Canadian Pacific and Marathon Realty on the golf course, which acts as a buffer zone between the rail yards and residential areas.

    The land becomes a public golf course which is still operating almost 65 years later.

    Canadian Pacific acquires the land and builds recreational facilities for its employees.

    Green Coalition Environmental Award

    Green Coalition Award 2015The Green Coalition presented Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook with an award on May 14, for exceptional contribution to the environment. Campbell Stuart and Deanne Delaney were pleased and honoured to accept the award on behalf of all our volunteers and supporters over the last 25 years. Many of our steering committee members attended the Green Coalition’s AGM, which brought together many Montreal-area groups that aim to protect natural spaces.

    We shared the honour with the Association for the Protection of Angell Woods (APAW). Video may be viewed here.

    “It is my great honour and privilege to present Green Coalition Environmental Awards this year to two environmental groups that have set a standard for us all, ” announced award presenter, David Fletcher. He added that APAW has, “Given all Montrealers a natural treasure to celebrate,” and, “The never-say-die commitment to the saving of Meadowbrook has been the stuff of legend.

    The Green Coalition presented an award to Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook. These two landmark outcomes give heart to others with conservation goals they want to see met. Next in the immediate queue, the urgent campaign for fields of Pierrefonds West. And then beyond . . . Ile Bizard, Montreal’s east end, downtown, off-island . . . .

    Let us hope that another quarter century of doggedness is not needed to achieve the 10% conservation goal set by the Coderre administration. “

    In the news

    Creating Green Space – Montreal Gazette April 2015meadowbrook spring 2015 103

    Meadowbrook saved. Now onto  park! The Informer March 2015



    Les Amis at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    IMG_20150322_140113371St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015St. Patrick's Day 2015

    St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015

    A big step forward for Meadowbrook!

    The Lachine portion of Meadowbrook’s designation has been changed from “residential” to “large green space or recreational” (similar to what Côte-St.-Luc did in 2000). Meadowbrook can now be rezoned and will be protected from development.

    The Montreal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan for the next 10 years was unveiled January 22 at a press conference held by Mayor Coderre and Mayor Copeman.

    The plan needs to be adopted by the Montreal Municipal Council and the Montreal Urban Agglomeration Council.

    Our heartfelt thanks to all who supported our efforts over the last 25 years! And, a special thanks to the hard-working and dedicated SOS Meadowbrook steering committee members past and present.

    Media coverage:

    1. Entire Meadowbrook now protected  – NDG Free Press
    2. Is overdevelopment just par for the course? – The Link
    3. Radio CKUT – February 2015 (commence à 39:00)
    4. CSL files motion to dismiss developer’s lawsuit – The Suburban Jan. 28 2015
    5. Meadowbrook supporters pleased – Montreal Gazette
    6. 10409064_10152875488620432_218694702190582901_nMontreal-gives-meadowbrook-green-designation – Montreal Gazette
    7. City a step closer – CTV
    8. Land will be preserved – CBC
    9. Un nouveau plan – 24
    10. Le plan de Montréal – Métro
    11. La Presse video
    12. Nouveau plan pour Montréal – TVA
    13. Meadowbrook sera protégé – Le devoir

    CRE-Montreal: Un incontournable pour la trame verte et bleue


    Winter 2015 newsletter

    janvier 2015

    Write Mayor Coderre Dec. 28, 2014 – Jan.7, 2015

    Please write a letter to show your support for preserving Meadowbrook as a green space. Here is a sample letter in French and English to get you started. For more information see the open letter to our supporters below:

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    Write a letter

    Please write a letter to show your support for preserving Meadowbrook as a public green space. Here is a sample letter in French and English to get you started:

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    Press Release: New park for southwestern Montreal?

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    2015 Meadowbrook calendars make wonderful gifts

    2015 calendar treeGet yours for $15 from lesamisdemeadowbrook@gmail.com