New sledding hills at Ignace-Bourget Park

For three years, Pente a Neige offered winter sports at this park but the borough decided this year it would offer residents free recreational activities for families

New sledding hills at Ignace-Bourget Park

From January 8 to March 7 — weather permitting — the Sud-Ouest borough is offering new sledding hills and free equipment loans at Ignace-Bourget Park.

For the past three years, the park has been home to Pente à Neige, a winter playground with tubing, skiing and other outdoor activities. But the borough surprised many this summer by not renewing its contract with Pente à Neige.

Mr. Benoit Dorais, mayor of Sud-Ouest and president of the city’s executive committee, said in a city statement that while users appreciated the services of the snow park over the past three years, 73 percent of respondents said they would use the amenities more if the site were free.

Dorais also stated that the borough’s goal is to make winter activities accessible to everyone, especially now as the pandemic makes parks and outdoor spaces popular destinations. More than 700 residents of Sud Ouest filled about a survey in July to collect comments and suggestions for the new facilities. When asked about winter activities, citizens expressed a clear preference for free sledding.

A completely redesigned sledding hill

The park’s large hill has been redeveloped into two free sections for sledding. One area will cater to families and promote an introduction to the thrill of zipping down a wintry hill, while the other will be aimed at more seasoned sledders. Snow-making equipment ensures good conditions throughout the season, and illuminated tracks let families use the hill into the evening.

Mr. Dorais also noted that this is a first step for the newly developed hill, and that other suggestions expressed by citizens may be incorporated in upcoming years.

Due to the pandemic, entertainment will not be on offer this season, and the chalet is only open for use of the bathrooms (masks required). To ensure the safety of users, supervisors will be on site on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; and all physical distancing rules will be enforced. Wearing a helmet is also recommended.

Ignace-Bourget Park is located in the Émard – Côte-Saint-Paul district, and is a 5-minute walk from the Angrignon Metro station. For up-to-date information, hours of operation, and to reserve a tube visit the hill’s website at www.centremgrpigeon.com/macotenewman/