- Sports and Recreation
Mount Royal, January 9, 2007 - The Mayor of Mount Royal, Mrs. Vera Danyluk, and the Chairman of the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Commission, Mrs. Diane Lamarche-Venne, are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement concerning the management of Pierre-Laporte High School’s indoor swimming pool. The announcement was made this afternoon at a press conference, with several School Commission and Town representatives on hand.
This association, planned for a minimum of 10 years, will take shape with the Town taking over complete management of the facilities’ activities in order to increase accessibility. The Pierre- Laporte High School swimming pool will now be able to welcome Mount Royal residents over several time slots spread throughout the day, from 8:00 to 22:00 on weekdays and 8:00 to 17:00 on weekends.
The agreement also calls for the Town to invest close to half a million dollars in order to bring the school’s pool back up to standards and to renovate it. It should be pointed out that new locker rooms were recently set up to accommodate an increased demand for the facilities by its users. In its financial plan, the Town also relies on a contribution from the Quebec-Municipalities Infrastructures Plan, offered by the provincial government.
A new complete aquatic activities program
It should be pointed out that last September, as part of the first phase of this partnership, the Town’s Recreation, Culture and Community Activities Department set up a new complete program of aquatic activities intended for swimmers of all ages. This new program, provided exclusively at the Pierre-Laporte High School indoor swimming pool, includes periods for public swimming, aquafitness sessions, lifesaving training courses, as well as the opportunity to take part in swim teams and diving teams.
« A large number of residents have been waiting for a long time for a significant move to be made in the matter of the indoor pool. The solution that we are putting forward today, in partnership with the School Commission and Pierre-Laporte High School, has the advantage of creating winners all around. Thanks to this strategic partnership, Mount Royal residents who enjoy swimming and other pool activities will now benefit from increased access to the indoor facilities needed in order to continue their training all year long. Also, this agreement enables Town Council to maintain healthy management of our local assets and to develop them », said Mount Royal Mayor Mrs. Vera Danyluk.
On her end, Mrs. Diane Lamarche-Venne, Chairman of the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Commission, said that she is particularly delighted that this agreement was reached: « Right from the start, this initiative was very positively received by the School Commission. The partnership that we are making official today is the reflection of a desire that is near and dear to the hearts of school officials, namely maintaining access to quality facilities for our students and our area’s residents, by building on the support from both school and Town levels. This agreement with the Town of Mount Royal enables major investments in the infrastructures of Pierre-Laporte High School to be added to our own financial contribution over the coming years. By getting involved this way, the Town is also showing that this learning institution is an important part of the Mount Royal community ».
After having invited all Mount Royal residents to fully benefit from the facilities located at 1101 Rockland Road, Mayor Danyluk pointed out that this management agreement is part of the continuity of the privileged ties that the Town has always maintained with Pierre Laporte High School. She reminded everyone that in the early 1970s, the Town intervened favourably and financially to carry out the construction project of a sporting and aquatic complex for the school. At the time, for the sum of one dollar, the Town gave up certain pieces of land to the Catholic School Commission of Mount Royal and modified its zoning in order to enable the complex to be built.