‘Come and Play in the Street!’
Rosemère mayor Eric Westram, town councillors and many residents were on hand for the launching of the town’s ‘Come lay in the Street!’ pilot project.

(NSN) At a press conference last week, officials from the Town of Rosemère officially announced the names of the seven streets that have been selected to participate in the pilot project ‘Come and Play in the Street!’

“The Come and Play in the Street pilot project has really got people engaged,” said Rosemère Mayor Eric Westram. “I’ve been thrilled to see how enthusiastic residents are about this initiative. More than 25 streets were nominated. Naturally, our choice was based on which ones would be the safest for our kids.”

The selected streets are Edgewood (between Dufferin and Woodlawn), Mélèzes, York (between Oriole and Tylee), Avalon (between Armstrong and Académie), Hardy, Béland and Montview. It had previously been agreed that one street would be chosen per sector.

Two streets chosen

However, in the end, the town decided to accept two streets from Sector 2, since it is quite large and intersected by Labelle Boulevard. The signage for the seven streets will be posted by July 2. Drivers on these streets will be required to follow a special set of rules, in effect until September, including a 15 km/h suggested speed limit. The goal of the Come and Play in the Street! project is to coax young people away from their computer and handheld device screens and encourage them to build relationships with other kids in the neighbourhood. Nominations opened April 16 and closed May 15. If the pilot project is a success, more streets may be added next year.