The first Victor Hugo Residents’ Association Meeting was held in the Fall of 2008. Thirty residents came together to discuss a number of issues. Since this first meeting the number of residents involved in the community has grown immensely creating a great sense of community spirit and pride in a unique area in downtown Montreal.
Some accomplishments of the residents association include:
- Julia Drummond Park renovated in 2013 with new playground equipment and fencing for improved security and safety of children
- Guy/Paxton Park large bushes removed to improve visibility in the park to help reduce crime in the area
- Parks and pathways maintained and groomed on a regular basis including new trees and plants
- Traffic on Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier and the surrounding area continues to be a major concern. Working with the police department there is now more frequent surveillance on the street monitoring vehicles speeding, cars not stopping at stop signs and vehicles accessing Lucien L’Allier from St. Jacques.
- A stop line and crosswalk was painted at Versailles and Victor Hugo in 2013
- In December 2011, the parking hours were modified to improve the availability of parking spaces for residents: non-permit holders who could not park between 16 h and 23 h no longer can now between 9 am and 23 h.
- Annual garage sales held every June are a huge success and growing in popularity
- Flowers provided by the city distributed to residents for the front of their homes
- Annual BBQ’s for residents of Victor Hugo/ Lucien L’Allier have been held on our street during the summers. The activities appeal to children and adults, and provide everyone opportunities to socialize and meet our new neighbours.
- Community composting is available in partnership with Eco Quartier Peter McGill
- We have been successful in obtaining funding from both the city and the province. The funding helps for supplies and materials for our events. In addition to the funding residents also contribute a nominal amount on a voluntary basis that also assists in providing for the local residents summer BBQ and meetings.
- Recognizing the large number of dogs in the area and lack of space to exercise them a dog park was proposed. In August 2014 a new dog park was opened on Lucien L’Allier.
- Sidewalks on Victor Hugo/Lucien L’Allier were in disrepair. Over a three year period the majority of the sidewalks were replaced.
- Street lamp posts on the streets were in bad condition and in 2014 all lamp posts were repainted
- Additional garbage cans were installed in the area
- First annual Christmas food drive held in December 2013 to provide food for the less fortunate in nearby community