The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Parc Jean-Drapeau will be closed to cyclists and pedestrians all summer

Apr 26 2017, 1:53 pm

Cyclists and pedestrians who use Parc Jean-Drapeau regularly will need to change up their routes this summer.

The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will be inaccessible to cyclists, pedestrians and inline skates enthusiasts from May 8 to September 4, according to the Parc.

Besides maintenance work that needs to be done on the circuit in preparation for theGrand Prix du Canada, the Parc will also be using the circuit for the mounting, the hosting and demounting of major events.

During this time, in order to be able to present major events such as the Grand Prix Canada, Weekends of the World, Piknic Électronik and Osheaga, the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau will be organizing three alternative event venues in this summer: a first on Île Sainte-Hélène and two others on Île Notre-Dame.

The plan, and a map of action, was shared by the Parc, showing the Aquatic Complex as closed for 2017.

For cyclists, the Société will organize a course of about 2.5 kms on the main right-hand side of the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit to be used during the week, from 6 to 9 pm. The course will be dedicated only to training bikes, and access will be announced on the Park’s website as well as on social media.

Despite the work, Parc Jean-Drapeau will be a very lively site during the summer and the Société is inviting Montreal residents to rediscover the urban park. The Société is inviting the public to use public transit as a means of transport due to the work at the Parc, but also due to the limited number of parking lots at this time.

We can’t wait to see the work when it’s all done!

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