The City of Montreal has unveiled its plans to revamp La Fontaine Park.
On Tuesday evening, the City held a consultation session where the plan was presented.
The overhaul of the park will focus on creating more space for pedestrians. Emile-Duployé Avenue will be turned into a pedestrian-only path.
“In order to promote access to La Fontaine Park, reducing the number of traffic lanes and the width of the roadway would reduce the risk of injury for all road users wishing to get there. On the streets adjacent to La Fontaine Park and those that cross it, this measure would particularly improve the safety of pedestrians,” said Patrick Morency, Trauma Prevention Consultant at the Montreal Regional Directorate of Public Health, in a release.
The plan also proposes limiting traffic in the park and to move the bike path to Parc-La Fontaine Avenue.
The fountain will also receive a major makeover and repairs will be done and the basin will be renovated.
In terms of landscaping, the City will plant more trees and create a special area for events so grass will not be damaged. New streetlights and benches will also be installed.
“This is a great project for Montreal’s growing community to enjoy this access to nature and outdoor activities in the heart of the city. This park is well worth the planned measures to beautify, green, revitalize and reduce the presence of automobiles,” said Coralie Deny, Executive Director of the Regional Council of the Environment of Montreal, in a statement.
According to the Plante administration, the overhaul will take place over the next 10 to 15 years.