As part of the Patines-tu? Project, the City of Sainte-Thérèse invites citizens to donate ice skates that they no longer use, but which are still in good condition, in order to share them with other skaters.
The concept comes from the initiative of the Youth Consortium of the MRC de Thérèse-De Blainville, in which the seven partner cities participate: Blainville, Boisbriand, Bois-des-Filion, Lorraine, Rosemère, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines and Sainte-Thérèse.
To accommodate the citizens of the seven cities wishing to donate their skates, several drop-off points have been made available:
In Sainte-Thérèse: Maison du citoyen (37, rue Turgeon)
In Blainville: Aréna (1009, rue de la Mairie) and Center récréoaquatique (190 , rue Marie-Chapleau)
In Boisbriand: Arena (999, boul. de la Grande-Allée)
In Bois-des-Filion: Recreation department (479, boul. Adolphe-Chapleau) and Center des loisirs (80, 33e Avenue)
In Lorraine: Town hall (33, boul. De Gaulle) and arena (60, boul. De Gaulle)
In Rosemère: Recreation department (325, ch. De la Grande-Côte) and Memorial community center (202, ch. De la Grande- Côte)
In Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines: Sports center (130, rue des Saisons) and Recreation services (141, boul. Sainte-Anne)
Skates collected are distributed to organizations and citizens of the MRC de Thérèse -From Blainville. Anyone interested can come to Sainte-Thérèse, to the chalets in Richelieu and Ducharme parks, as soon as the rinks open, to get their hands on a pair of used skates for free. Visit [www.sainte-therese.ca] > Quoi faire à Sainte-Thérèse > Patinage libre et patinoires extérieures (Free skating and outdoor rinks) to stay tuned for the opening hours of outdoor rinks this winter.
Ducharme Park is located at the corner of boul. Ducharme and rue Saint-Louis, in Sainte-Thérèse. Richelieu Park is located at the corner of Deschambault and Paré streets, in Sainte-Thérèse. It is important to remember that used skates may need a good sharpening and a new pair of laces before they can be put on the ice. Information: 450 434-1440, extension 2540.
The project has been a huge success and has been implemented for many years involving multiple organizations in the territory including schools of the Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles service centre. Many families that do not have the means to purchase skates have benefitted from this initiative of the Youth Consortium.