Office de consultation publique de Montréal

Office de consultation publique de Montréal

December 12, 2007 09:31 ET

Office de consultation publique Releases Consultation Report on Redevelopment of Mount-Royal Peel Entrance and Playground and Picnic Area

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2007) - The Office de consultation publique de Montreal made public yesterday its report on the consultation concerning two redevelopment projects in Parc du Mont-Royal. The first aims to complete the rehabilitation of the Lac aux Castors sector by redeveloping the playground and picnic area. This section of the park, dubbed "La Clairiere" by its designer, has always served as a venue for activities and gatherings. The City plans to replace existing facilities, dating from the '60s, and to turn the area into a more welcoming place for family activities, while respecting its status as part of a major ecological corridor.

The other project concerns the Peel entrance of the park. Although it is the main pedestrian access to the mountain from downtown, few people are aware of its existence. The work aims to bring the gateway to public attention, as a refuge from the chaos of the city, maintaining its natural character. The plan calls for stairs, possibly to the summit, with a path still leading to the park. A work of art may also be incorporated into the site.

Mount Royal combines an important natural, geological, ecological, architectural and landscape heritage. It dominates the island of Montreal, acting as a reference point and venue for Montrealers' gatherings and activities since its inauguration in 1876. In 2005, the Quebec government, recognizing the importance of protecting the mountain, created the natural and historic borough of Mont Royal.

These considerations were foremost in the minds of citizens and groups who participated in the consultation. While being overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed projects, they constantly underscored the fact that the redevelopment should respect the primary goal of preserving the natural aspects of Parc du Mont-Royal and conserving its natural capital. The furniture and materials used should not overpower the surrounding nature, and should blend in with it perfectly.

There was also strong support for ecological revitalization and ecological water and wildlife management measures, and for the protection of the ecological corridor.

Numerous suggestions were made regarding waste management, materials to be used in the redevelopment of the playground and picnic area, the interpretation path, the artistic work, and accessibility of the Peel entrance to pedestrians.

In keeping with usual Office procedures, all relevant documentation was posted on the OCPM Web site. In addition, 15,000 flyers were distributed to neighbouring residents and users of the two areas in question, announcements were broadcast on electronic billboards in the Metro, and information panels were installed in the park at the site of the proposed developments. Two information days, September 16 and 23, were organized on site in the Clairiere, and an information session on the Peel entrance was held on September 20 at the premises of the Office. Lastly, the Office held a discussion group with park users to further explain the issues, and an on-line questionnaire was used to gather opinions.

The operations directed by the commissioners led to the reception of 112 questionnaires on the redevelopment of the playground and picnic areas, and 45 on the Peel entrance. Moreover, the Peel entrance was the subject of one brief and two letters of comment. It should be noted that groups and organizations concerned with the future of Mount Royal were directly solicited.

The city's executive committee and departments concerned will now examine the commission's report to review the opinions expressed during the consultation. The report and all documentation pertaining to the project are available on the Office de consultation publique Web site at www.ocpm.qc.ca

Since its creation under the Charter of Ville de Montreal in 2002, the OCPM has directed approximately 60 consultations and held some 300 public meetings bringing together over 15,000 citizens. For more information about the Office, please visit the OCPM Web site, www.ocpm.qc.ca, or call 514 872-2368.

Contact Information

  • Luc Doray
    514-872-3568
    514-977-8365 (cell)