The City of Montreal is proposing a $4 million program to develop green and white lanes throughout the city.
Green and white lanes are alleyways that have been transformed into spaces for neighbourhood gardens in the summer and winter activities during colder months.
Montreal has about 4,000 lanes and currently, 330 are green lanes.
Under the proposed program, boroughs would submit a green and white lane proposal to the City. If selected, the City would then provide the borough with adequate funding to develop green and white lanes.
The City is offering to cover 50% of costs for green lane projects up to $10,000 and 50% of costs for white lane projects up to $1,000.
Mayor Denis Coderre hopes the investment will result in the development of both types of lane in more neighbourhoods.
“We recognize the importance of green and white lanes and their beneficial influence on quality of life. Projects for the embellishment of alleys come from groups of neighbours who want to reclaim their environment; it is this kind of citizen involvement that defines Montreal,” said Coderre in a statement.
“This is why we want to generalize the layout of green and white lanes encouraging all boroughs to put the shoulder to the wheel. The demand is very strong and we no longer want citizen committees to be waiting for funding to complete their green or white lane project.”