The City of Montreal has big plans to transform Parc Jean-Drapeau over the next decade — $970 million big.
Mayor Valérie Plante made the announcement on Wednesday. She says her administration will focus on giving the park more green space, and it will be closed off to motorists.
Buses, bicycles, and electric vehicles will be able to access the island’s different destinations, including the swimming pool, Biosphere, concert venues, and the Gilles Villeneuve track.
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As part of Parc Jean-Drapeau’s facelift, the concert venue Place des Nations will be completely redone. The improvements are expected to be completed by 2030.
Motorists will be able to drive to the park but will be asked to leave their vehicles in Île Ste-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame parking lots.
Je suis au @ParcJeanDrapeau aujourd’hui pour dévoiler le plan directeur 2020-2030 qui inclut la revitalisation de la Place des Nations et un verdissement important du parc. C’est l’effort de planification le plus ambitieux pour un parc depuis le Mont-Royal. #polmtl #500jours pic.twitter.com/ApWW8hnXak
— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) April 14, 2021
The City plans to build a 15-kilometre riverside promenade, renovated bike paths, and make the canal more accessible for pedal boaters and kayakers.
Plante said the park would “look like Brooklyn” when the decade-long project is complete. With green space capacity increased by 30%, it will offer “beautiful views of Montreal and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.”
Until then, here are renderings of how the park is expected to look in 2030.