At a special public meeting last week in Côte Saint-Luc, City Council set the wheels in motion for a very exciting development at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park involving the extraordinary large-scale bronze animal sculpture art of local artist Shalom Bloom.
The city has issued a public call for professional services tender to redesign Trudeau Park, in part to become the home to Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden. The agreement will be in the form of a donation by Shalom Bloom, a Cote Saint-Luc resident, of 10 sculptures which will be relocated from his country estate in the Laurentian town of Esterel.
This acquisition could happen around September 2016 with a possibility of additional sculptures in 2017.
The sculpture garden would turn the forested area of Trudeau Park into a sort of wildlife reserve that could draw onlookers from near and far.
This work is part of a multi-million dollar expansion of Cote Saint-Luc’s flagship park, located in District 6, that covers over one million square feet of land. Planning began earlier this year on redesigning the playground, making the baseball diamonds more accessible and acquiring infrastructure that will be more appealing for residents and visitors.
Public consultations last month drew in young families for input on play structures. Even small children got the chance to have their say by drawing their favourite activities in the park. (With reporting by Mike Cohen).