A part of Montreal is about to get a touch more spectacular as the Quartier des Spectacles is going to become home to a new public square that will double as a skating rink.
The 5,000-square-metre square, dubbed L’Esplanade Tranquille, will include a large urban terrace in the summer and a refrigerated outdoor rink in the winter.
The $74 million dollar square will be on the corner of Ste. Catherine and Clark Street and pays tribute to Henri Tranquille, a famous Montreal bookstore owner and chess player.
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“Designed like a backyard with a chalet, an ice rink and unique furniture, the Esplanade Tranquille will be a fun and friendly gathering place where everyone can celebrate its culture,” says Mayor Valérie Plante, in a French release. “The square will embody the Quartier des Spectacles’ new development vision which is to live, create, learn, and be entertained in the centre of our city.”
The new square comes with the following elements, according to the Quartier des Spectacles website:
- An entrance along Ste. Catherine Street with two lines of trees
- An urban furnished and grassy area with the capacity to host “marquee” events
- A restaurant located on the ground floor
- A multifunctional room, available to skaters during the winter period (cloakroom, lockers, skate rental)
L’Esplanade Tranquille is expected to be completed by next summer.