Event-goers at Parc Jean-Drapeau are about to see the island a bit differently, when the new renovations open to the public in 2019.
The south sector of Île Sainte-Hélène is about to get “modernized” by introducing a new 65,000 seat natural amphitheatre, a new walkway to the Biosphere and Calder sculpture, and a new event village, capable of hosting activities year round.
The central concourse in front of the metro station pavilion will be expanded so that it can connect to Alexander Calder’s Trois disques (L’Homme) sculpture and the Biosphere, and extend as far as the Cosmos Bridge. The construction project will improve the island’s reception and enhance activity and transportation to the site.
Several prominent attractions are found on Île Sainte-Hélène which includes the Aquatic Complex, the site of the International Fireworks Festival, the weekly Piknic Electronick parties in the summer, and most notably, the Osheaga music festival.
The new renovations will provide a clearer view of downtown Montreal and will “accentuate the connection with the Saint Lawrence river while recreating the spirit of Expo 67” according to the Parc Jean-Drapeau website.
The $73 million project is architecturally designed by Lemay design firms and is slated to open in 2019 as the construction phase sums up at the end of December.