Golf course to become new nature park
After 28 years, privately-owned Harwood Golf Club has seen its final round, but locals will still be able to enjoy its green spaces and forests for years to come.
At its March 1, 2021 city council meeting, The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion adopted a resolution authorizing the signing of a $2,477,000 promise to purchase for the former golf course. While the transaction is not complete and still needs council and provincial approval for the city loan, plans are underway for the creation of a new nature park.
“The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has a wide range of parks and green spaces,” said Mayor Guy Pilon in a city news release. “We have over 50 well-equipped parks, complete with play structures, water-based activities, and sports fields, in addition to 4 dog parks. A few years ago, we also acquired the properties formerly owned by Les Pères de Sainte-Croix and Les Frères du Sacré-Coeur. The Harwood Golf property offers us another great opportunity to preserve another green space and share it with our citizens.”
The proposed purchase of two lots would create a park covering an area of 196,396.1 square metres (2,113,990 square feet) where residents could enjoy outdoor activities such as summer hiking, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Part of City’s Strategic Plan
Preserving the green spaces of the golf club is part of the city’s Strategic Plan for 2020-2025 to promote a harmonious and sustainable living environment.
Survey Results conducted in October 2019 revealed that 28 per cent of citizens want a large park that would facilitate outdoor activities for pedestrians and bicycles, while 23 per cent wished there was more green spaces and parks.
There are currently no formal plans regarding if and how the space may be changed or recreational facilities added, but for now most residents on social media and online chat groups seem happy with the proposed purchase.
Troy Olynyk, a local resident and father of two, said that although he’d enjoyed several rounds at Harwood Golf Club and it was the most accessible for him, there are still other golf options in the area. “I’d like a large part of the new park to be left wooded with trails to walk the dogs,” he said.
Olynyk also said he would like to see trails to accommodate the numerous runners in the area. “It’s very dangerous for the runners to continue using the crumbling shoulder of secondary highway 342 (Harwood); a nice running path that’s kept up would also be ideal.”