The City of Chambly has made various leisure and cultural activities and services free of charge since 12 April.
During a virtual press conference held on April 11, the mayor of Chambly, Alexandra Labbé, accompanied by the director of the Department of Leisure and Culture, Sabrina Blain, announced the implementation of several measures aimed at making leisure and culture more accessible in the territory. “We live in a period that made us realize to what extent recreational activities and the different municipal leisure services are essential for the quality of life of citizens”, observed the mayor, announcing “the start of a series of ‘actions’ to make everything ‘even more accessible to citizens’.
The card Access free
From April 12, the card Access it is free for all citizens of Chambly. “They will be able to benefit from library services, which were already free, but also from other activities offered by the department of leisure and culture. The idea is really to ensure greater accessibility for all our citizens”, reiterated Ms. Labbé. Remember that the map Access allows you to benefit from rates reserved for residents, in particular for the Gervais-Désourdy Nautical Center (boat rental), the Chambly Aquatic Center and the municipal outdoor swimming pool, the municipal arena (skating for all), free practice badminton and some other cultural activities.
“We try to offer new activities for the entire population. » – Alexandra Labbe
Library Late Fees
Ms. Labbé also announced the complete abolition of late fees at the library. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we had silenced them a little bit,” she said, explaining that the new measure is intended to show leniency towards borrowers who may have “hiccups”, but also to mimic the “current and popular” one. ” practice in Quebec and elsewhere. It should be noted that citizens will still have to pay the costs related to the material damages noted in the return of the books, if applicable.
Enjoy the outdoors and learn
The City Council is also diversifying the offer in terms of material for loan from the municipal library, incorporating bird and stargazing kits, kites, badminton and croquet games. In this way, it intends to encourage families to “take advantage of the good weather”, and allow children to enrich their knowledge of ornithology. Observation kits contain binoculars, an identification guide, and an observation book. The astronomy ones include a telescope, a star map, a star finder, a flashlight and a blanket. The loans are for a period of three weeks. The card Access or that of the library is necessary to proceed with the loan.
Skating and stick-puck
The public practice of skating and stick-puck will also be free for all citizens in the Robert-Lebel and Isatis Sport centers. “It’s really to facilitate the adoption of healthy lifestyles and the tendency for young people to move. We try to offer new activities for the entire population. It is free for children under 5, but here we extend it to all our young people,” said Ms. Labbé.
Still with the idea of making culture and leisure more accessible to the citizens of Chambly, the City offers Quote Fretboard, a new series of three musical and multidisciplinary shows. Although paid, these shows presented at the Cultural Center of Chambly (1625, boul. De Périgny) offer a more intimate way of discovering and getting to know the artists, and “will attract a different and less sought-after audience”, estimates the mayor.
During the first meeting, the duo formed by the harpist Valérie Milot and the cellist Stéphane Tétreault will break the ice on Sunday, May 22, at 3:00 p.m., at the Salle Emma-Albani. The duo will perform classical and contemporary pieces by contemporary composers from Canada and Quebec. A $3 discount is given to citizens of Chambly. Tickets can be reserved on the ticket sales site at vosbillets.ca or by phone at 450 658-3949.
“After the most difficult recent months, now is the time to meet again. What better than leaving home to live an experience in the most beautiful theater in the region”, suggests Colette Dubois, municipal councilor of the Charles-Michel-De Salaberry district and ambassador of the Quote Fretboard.