It’s true that winter started a bit too early for lots of Montrealers, but there’s some good news to look forward to. Remember long ago there was a promise from the city of a new beach? Well, that Verdun urban beach will open in summer 2019.

Jean-François Parenteau, the Mayor of Verdun spoke of the borough’s new beach in a statement. It was originally planned to open in 2017 but sadly things don’t always go as planned. In this case, however, we can say better late than never.

Finally, the borough of Verdun obtained all the authorizations from both the federal and provincial governments required for the completion of the beach, which will be a part of the Arthur-Therrien Park.

There’s lots to still be done, including altering the river depth so that it is an ideal swimming area. Work is occurring now in an effort to avoid disturbing the ecosystem.

For sure, Verdun residents will be thrilled to have a beach in their own backyard. The $5 million Verdun urban beach will even be accessible to people in wheelchairs.

The rest of the work on the sandy beach will be conducted in springtime, including the landscaping and the slides incorporated in the plans!